Navratri, a joyful festival of India, is a 9 days celebration for the people of the country. Whole nation celebrate the festival in many different ways in each state, as the faith and devotion to the Gods and Goddesses are attached to it. The longest dance festival is one of the major festivals in the country. These festivals hold the harmony of various cultures across the nation. Let’s take a look at different ways to celebrate the Navratri Festival in different states.
8. Celebrate Navratri in Punjab
The religious festival is celebrated with fasts and Jagratas for seven days in Punjab. Then on eighth and ninth day of the Navratri, people worship 9 girls and a boy, which is known as ‘Kanjika’. The people arrange Jagratas which is to be awake whole night and perform bhajans and folk songs and wordhip Goddess Shakti.
7. Celebrate Navratri in Kerala
People in Kerala give importance to learning in the festival of Navratri. The three days of celebration is held by placing books and musical instruments to the Goddess Saraswati. They worship all the books and instruments and on the tenth day all the things are taken for reading as well as learning purpose.
6. Celebrate Navratri in Karnataka
Navratri is known as ‘Naada Habba’ in the state of Karnataka. The festival is celebrated in the same manner since 1610 by the great Vijayanagara dynasty. The festival is mainly a celebration of Maa Durga’s victory over demon Mahisasur. The rituals of this festival include elephant’s processions in the streets. People of Karnataka also arrange fairs and handicrafts exhibitions.
5. Celebrate Navratri in Andhra Pradesh
In Andhra Pradesh, the nine nights are dedicated to the Goddess Shakti. ‘Batukamma Panduga’ is celebrated in a unique way in the festival. The ‘Batukamma’, which is a beautiful flower stacks decorated with seasonal flowers. The women wearing sarees and jewelry worship the ‘Batukamma’ for whole nine nights. It is set to afloat in the water bodies on the last day.
4. Celebrate Navratri in Maharashtra
In the state of Maharashtra, the Navratri is an auspicious festival of the new beginning. As the symbol of the new beginning, people buy new homes and cars, make business deals and buying properties these days. The married women celebrate it in a different way, as they invite their female friends and apply Haldi & Kumkum on each other’s forehead. The coconuts, beetle leaves and beetle nuts are given as the gifts. This rituals is referred to as ‘Saumangalyam’. The people also play Garba every night.
3. Celebrate Navratri in Tamil Nadu
The three Goddesses Maa Durga, Maa Laxmi and Maa Sarasvati are worshipped by the people of Tamil Nadu, in the festival of Navratri. The special nine nights are celebrated in a very unique way. The decoration of the ‘Kolu’, which actually is a staircase of nine steps, representing the nine nights. Each steps of the Kolu is decorated with beautiful dolls and idols of the Gods and Goddess. The people invite relatives and friends for evening meals and various delicious dishes are prepared and served. They also exchange gifts as well.
2. Celebrate Navratri in Gujarat
Gujarat is a world famous for its celebration called Garba, in Navratri. Garba is a folk dance form, which is played by men and women in the traditional dresses of the state. It is the most energetic and exciting festival. In Gujarat, the festival is celebrated throughout the nine nights. The sounds of folk songs fill the atmosphere with enthusiasm. At homes and temples, the clay pot with holes and Diya inside is lighted and in the evening, perform Aarti with it. The festival is most awaited in the state as the people of all age group enjoy playing Garba and Dandiya Raas. The famous Gujarati festival is celebrated in many other states as well.
1. Celebrate Navratri in West Bengal
Navratri in the eastern part of the country is well known as Durga Puja. It is celebrated in the last four days of the nine days of Navratri. These days are known as Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami. The festival is mainly a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over the evil and arrival from the heaven to the maternal home in Earth. The huge Pandals are decorated with colorful and bright lights. The women of Bengal wear their traditional Saree, which is white and red colored. These four days of celebration are filled with sounds of Dhol & Dhaks, fragrances of incense sticks and Dhunuchi Nachh.