Navratri: Festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil

Full of colors, adorned with beautiful attires, mouthwatering food and 9 nights of nonstop fun, and full of dandiya and garba; the core reason behind the celebration of this festival remains the same: the victory of good over evil.

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Navratri is easily the most awaited festival of the year for most of us Indians! Full of colors, adorned with beautiful attires, mouthwatering food and 9 nights of nonstop fun, and full of dandiya and garba; the core reason behind the celebration of this festival remains the same: the victory of good over evil. In the Eastern and North Eastern India, this celebration is often referred to as Durga Puja, for it is believed that Goddess Durga battled with demon Mahishasura and won! Navratri upholds female emancipation because of its focus on Devi Puja and its worship of various goddesses!

 

The story behind this festival

Navratri itself means 9 nights in Sanskrit, and is promptly followed by Dushera, or Ramleela or Vijaya Dashmi – which finally represents the virtuous conquering the wicked with Lord Rama winning over the demon king Ravana. This is portrayed by burning of the ten headed of Ravana. It is also called Sharada Navratri, for it falls in the month of Ashvini, and we see worship of Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi alongside our beloved Gods Ganesha and Krishna.

09 days of fasting feasting on awesome food

A lot of people fast for the first 9 days, in order to honor the goddesses, alongside a chain of poojas. This festival is also particularly famous for its foods with its amazing vegetarian preparations like Sabudana Khichdi, tomato chutney, roshagolla, payesh, baigan bharta. The most common preparations are halwa, puri and chole, and other wonderful preparations for the Ashtami Bhog, meaning the last day! And as many of us already know, this festival also starts the preparation for the most important (and our favorite) Indian festival in the calendar – Diwali, the festival of lights!

 

Go on and enjoy this incredible festival and always try to conquer the world’s evil with the good in you!

Happy Navratri!

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