Navratri is a festival of joy, lights and Garba. It is most popular festival of India and Nepal. And this festival is dominant through India. But the Indian festival of Navratri is more prominent in the state of Gujarat and Bengal. Navratri has been derived from two different words such as “Nav” and “Ratri”. It means “Nine Nights”.
This year Navratri festival will be celebrated from 1st October to 10th October 2016. While on 11th October 2016, Vijaya Dashami festival celebration will take place.
Hindus celebrate the festival of Navratri to express their devotion to the goddess of power Durga. The worship of the goddess Durga carry on for nine days. Each day of Navratri, a different form of the goddess is worshiped.
After nine days of Navratri, the 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijay- Dashmi. It is famous for the victory of mythical King Lord Rama over the Demon King of Sri Lanka, Ravana.
Navratri 2016 Dates:
Starting Date of Navratri 2016:
1st October, 2016
Ending Date of Navratri 2016:
10th October 2016
Navratri is celebrated two times a year. First time Navratri is celebrated in September or October. And second one is Chaitra Navratri, which is celebrated after Holi and during Chaitra Shukla Paksha.
Dussehra / Vijayadashami Festival 2016 Date:
11th October 2016, Tuesday
Navratri Celebration in Gujarat:
During Navratri, the sounds of Dandiya and Dhol can be heard all over Gujarat. Devotees observe fast during these nine days of Navratri and worship of the goddess Durga. In the evening, a garbi, an earthen pot with diyas symbolizing the source of life, is used for the evening aarti after which traditional dances, garba and dandiya are performed by people.
People of Gujarat dress up in their traditional clothes and spend the evening dancing to the beats of popular traditional Gujarati songs. People also observe Jagran, singing bhajans and praising the Goddess all night long.
N = Nav Chetna
A = Akhand Jyoti
V = Vighna Nashak
R = Ratjageshwari
A = Anand Dayi
T = Trikal Darshi
R = Rakhan Karti
A = Anand Mayi Maa
May Nav Durga bless you always.Wish you and your family a very Happy Navratri…
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