What is Navratri Begins?
Navaratri is the festival which is celebrated for nine days in the spring and
autumn season. This festival is celebrated twice a year, firstly it falls in the
month of March and secondly in the October. During this period people used to
keep fast and worship Laxmi, Durga and Saraswati.
History and Celebration of Navratri festival
There are many legends related to Navratri festival, one of the legend is
related to lord Rama who has worshipped goddess durga while going to Lanka to
release Sita. The period goes for 9 days and on the tenth day, lord ram killed
Ravana which is also known as Vijay dashmi.
Another legend related this period is with Kshatriya who has debarred themselves
from war activity during Monsoon season. After ending the Monsoon season, again
they start up their war activity. So during the period when they don’t carry
their activity used to worship Goddess durga for nine days.
How Navratri is Celebrated
Navratri is the famous Hindu festival which is celebrated with full devotion,
rituals and customs. This festival is celebrated by every religion. In Bengal
people used to celebrate this festival by worship huge idols of durga and used
to perform devotional sons along with dance and other activities for nine days
,when the idols of durga is placed in the streets in Tambo which is fully
decorated and on the last day her idols are immersed in water. That day they
used to dance and perform other activities.
In Gurjat people used to celebrated this festival by doing Garbha and dandiya
which is the famous dance during this period. In Maharashtra people used to
celebrated this festival for nine days and on the tenth day they used to worship
goddess Saraswati on this period where the school-going children also used to
pray her to give blessing on them.
In Kerala people used to begin their education for their children who are 3 to 5
during this period. People on these days used to take dip in the holy pond to
free from their bad evils. People also visit many temples during this period.