India is the nation of festival and the people in India always have reasons to dance in the festive mood. Although there are lots of reasons and lots of festival that make people happy, Navratri is the queen of all festivals.
It is the main reason why India lives and believes in and around dancing! And that’s the reason of energetic life of the people of India!
“Navratri” is a word made up of two words “Nav” (which means nine) and “Ratri” (which means nights), thus the word Navratri means Nine Nights and hence the festival is known as a festival of nine nights. All the nine days and nights of this fabulous navratri festival are dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Goddess Durga is worshiped during these nine days and nine nights with full enthusiasm, love, care, trust and spirituality. The celebration also includes fasts, strictly vegetarian diet, recitation of religious hymns, prayers. After the nine nights, people celebrate the tenth day as Dusshera which is celebrated as a sign of victory of good over the devil.
Relax, Rejoice and Rejuvenate the joy of Navratri in India
With the passage of time, the navratri has crossed the boundaries of the nation and has become an International Festival with millions of Indians living in foreign countries such as Australia and many other countries celebrating Navratri with full zeal and zest. But there are hundreds of thousands of Indians and other foreign nationals who specially come to India to celebrate the dance festival of Navratri. If you are also one of them who want to enjoy the Navratri with full zest and zeal and if you want to relax, rejoice and rejuvenate plan go to India enjoy the Navratri and feel the power of Dance!
Navratri in Different parts of India
Navratri is celebrated with different rituals and different style in different states in India. Mostly, Navratri is celebrated in the state of Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharastra etc. However, other states of the country also celebrate the festivals but Gujarat, West Bengal and Maharastra and Karnataka are the state where you can feel the real joy of Navratri.
In Gujarat people enjoy Navratri with Dandiya Raas and Garba – the most famous dance styles of Gujarat. People also worship Maa Ambey (Goddess Ambey) during nine nights of this festival and observe Jaagran a ritual of waking for whole night. To celebrate Navratri in Gujarat, you can choose to fly there by catching any Flights to Ahmedabad.
In the state of Maharastra, people worship Maa Durga (Goddess Durga) during nine nights. On the tenth day Goddess Saraswati is worshipped by people of Maharastra. The school children also worship tantrik symbol of the Goddess Saraswati as a belief that it helps them in their studies. To celebrate the joy of Navaratri in Maharastra, you can fly from Melbourne to Mumbai!
Navratri in Southern states of India like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is also celebrated with equal zest but different style! The people of Mysore worship Chamundi – The Royal deity of the Maysore. They also organize and carry on a beautiful procession wherein chariots, elephants and horses are decorated and put on parade. In the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the local women arrange for Bommai Kolu - a special placing of dolls decorated with ornaments, jewelry and flowers.
So, you just got an idea of how the festival of dance – Navratri is celebrated with different style and rituals but equal zeal and zest in different states and parts of India. Let’s arrange for a ticket to fly from Melbourne to Chennai or any other city of India, Celebrate the Navratri and feel the power of dance!!!