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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Navratri Festival

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.The next  nine days  are devoted to the worship of the Eternal mother, which has its origins in the Vedas, Mata Durga. She is also considered to be a combination of the Trinity of goddesses. They are Saraswati, Parvati, and Lakshmi. During Navratri, these three main goddesses are worshipped .The central theme of Navratri is triumph of good over evil.
                            On the first  day  of Navratri, barley seed are put in a mud pot and watered everyday.On the last days when sprouts appear, they are distributed as Prasad. This ritual is called "khetri"People observe  fast . Some have fast for all the nine days, and some for two days ie. the first and the last day of Navratri.The first the first three days are dedicated to Durga Mata. and her three manifestations, Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
  People observe fast for nine days. In our family the tradition of fast is maintained.only for two days. The seventh day is conisdered  day of Mata Saraswati, the goddess of learning.For small children  it is a day to start studying. The child is made to sit in the lap of the father ,who writes the words 'Aum" on the tongue of the  child.So now the child is officially fit to study. In the evening the children keep their books in the familly puja room. The books are worshipped for three days, upto Vijaydashmi. 

                                   On the eighth day ,Kanjak is celebrated. Small girls,dressed in their best dress  are invited by  neighbouring houses. They are welcomed by washing their feet and tilak applied on their forehead are given food by the family. They are given gifts by the family.These small girls are called Kanjaks.



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On the ninth day  Goddess Saraswati is worshipped and the nine days festival comes to an end.

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14 comments:

  1. So interesting to hear about this festival Usha. I have heard and am familiar with Lakshmi and I think Saraswati, and Parvati if only (the latter two) in sacred chants possibly. I believe I even saw them in the Hindu temple I entered last weekend, though I could be wrong. Thanks for sharing about your culture...love to learn about it! :) <3

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    1. Thank you Elly. I will send you some books through my son. He will be going to Vancouver in Feb.

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  2. I love this time of the year for we celebrate Durga Puja...Thanks for sharing this

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    1. Naba I also like this time of the year Festival season has started. There will be activity till Christmas.

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  3. One of my favorite festivals ma'am. We arrange dolls in 9 steps called golu where each step has a significance to the heirarchy of life. Have great childhood memories of this festival too:)

    Happy navratri to you.

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    1. Starting with Navratri, the festival season starts. Kindly write in detail about Golu.

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  6. Navratri is one of the most popular festival in India, And during these days Navratri Songs are played in various places in the Indian street to celebrate the festival

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  7. thanks for sharing this blog. Happy Navratry to all of you. May goddess durga fulfill your all wishes

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  8. Navratri 2016 is here and it is a festival that celebrates the nine avatars of Maa Durga. It is an auspicious Hindu festival that brings the whole family together. A Maa Durga locket makes for a perfect gift for your dear ones.

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