Navratri 2017: PM Narendra Modi greets nation, offers prayer to Goddess Shailputri

Navratri 2017: PM Narendra Modi greets nation, offers prayer to Goddess Shailputri”

The Navratri 10-day Hindu festival will begin on Thursday, September 21 and will end on Saturday, September 30. According to, all the nine days follow a different colour code. To explain this further, Shyamoli Bose from the Hyderabad Bengali Samitee says, "The five-day festivity is of utmost importance".

In Western India, the festival is celebrated with nine nights of dancing - the traditional dances of Gujarat (garba and dandiya raas) are performed in circles with dancers dressed in colourful clothes.

Navratri 2017: In East and parts of Northeast India, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja. It is the festival of Goddess Durga, who defeated the demon Mahishasura in a battle that lasted nine nights.

Eastern India and West Bengal. Durga Puja celebrations last for five days and begin on Shashti in the Hindu month of Ashvin. During the festival of Navratra, the goddess is portrayed with a half-moon on her forehead, a trident in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand, and riding on the back of a bull.

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate Navratri as Golu, and they celebrate by displaying dolls as they are a symbol of feminine power. Also known as doll festival, Golu is a lovely way of decorating the figurines of various gods and goddesses.

The nine-day festival of 2017 is here.

Navratri 2017: PM Narendra Modi greets nation, offers prayer to Goddess Shailputri

Navratri is the most celebrated festival in India which is celebrated by the people more enthusiasm. The pot is seen as a resemblance of the womb of the universe as well as the family and a diya is lit inside the pot (representing the aatma or soul of people).

Celebrations of this Navratri includes the decorations, enacting the story of the legend, songs, dance, and worship with idols and statues of the god. Navratri is seen as a festival that brings together the communities and pushes them to sing, dance and enjoy together.

The Navratri dates are decided according to the lunar calendar and it is believed that the starting of spring and autumn is auspicious to worship Goddess Durga. In the following days, the nine forms of Maa Durga will be worshipped and the tenth day will be celebrated as Dussehra.

Day 9: Navami (29 September 2017)-Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on this day.

Nine evenings of party and prayer May Maa always bless you May you be free of all the problems you face Praise Durga each Navratri Day. On the occasion of Dussehra, men in the house perform Ayudha Puja and worship and thank all sorts of tools, weapons, vehicles and productive instruments are maintained, decorated.

The distant flavour of this festive season is marked as Navratri. Fasting is also considered as an important ritual during the Navratris. Temples in Goa are installed with a copper pitcher surrounded by clay in which nine varieties of food grains. What more, each day has a different significance and we mark it with a different colour.

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