The Hindu Navaratri festival is celebrated with much grandeur and pomp all over India, but with different rituals. As the name implies, Navratri has nine nights of celebrations and it is dedicated to the Hindu Goddesses Maa Durga.
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Navaratri festival: First 3 days
To start with, the Hindus worship Goddess Durga, who is all powerful to remove the vices and evils. On the first day, she is worshiped as Kumari, in the childhood version; on the second day, Parvati, the youthful incarnation of Shakthi and on the third day, women worship her as Maa Kali.
Navaratri festival: 4th day
It is believed that Maa Durga destroys all the vices like ego, lust, fear, anger, jealousy, pride etc., so that the devotees are moved forward to obtain spiritual wealth from Maa Lakshmi, the angel of prosperity and wealth, on the fourth day.
Navaratri festival: 5th to 8th day
To enrich the wisdom of a person, 4 days are allotted to pray Goddess Saraswathy the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge. All the learning materials of the students are dedicated to her and kept under her feet for her blessings.
While the adults put forth all their money making tools, financial statements, and pray for her favour and protection.
On the day of Vijayadasami (8th day), the parents enroll their children in a school so that they master in their education.
9th day, i.e. Navaratri festival
Plenty of mythical tales are behind this 9 days celebration. Some believe that it is the story of victory of Goddess Shakthi over the demons, while a few says that Lord Rama prayed to Goddess Shakthi for 9 days before the war with Raavana.
Similarly, the celebrations in the North India are different from the South Indian Navratri. Usually, the North Indian ladies go for severe fasting and they participate in dancing events.
On the other hand, the South Indian homes celebrate Navratri in the name of Golu, where they set up decorated wooden steps and arrange dolls in the odd number steps.
The top most steps include the dolls of deities and the remaining are packed with various other dolls or sets of dolls that depict the divine stories of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
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