NAVARATRI - THE NINE NIGHTS OF DEVOTION
In India most of the festivals are linked to seasons, and Navaratri is one of them. There are two festivals of Navaratri celebrated in India, one in the month of Chaitra (March-April) known as Vasant Navaratri and the other in the month of Ashwin (September-October) known as Sharad Navaratri. Navaratri is a celebration of change of season from Winter to Spring during Vasant Navaratri & from Summer to Autumn during Sharad Navaratri.
Navaratri - the nine nights of devotion, are dedicated to the feminine energy represented by the nine forms of Shakti.
The tenth day is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi, the day of victory of good over evil, the day when darkness is dispelled into light
The festival is celebrated all over India in different forms - In South India it is celebrated as a festival of Kolu , festival of dolls ending with Saraswathi puja. In Karnataka as Dassera with Chamunda Devi as the main deity. In West Bengal, it is called Durga Puja. In Central India and Northern India, Dassera is celebrated with the Dahana, burning of the effigy of Ravana.
In whatever form it is celebrated, the underlying essence of the festival is the same, to prepare ourselves to receive the grace of God by worshipping the various forms of Shakti.
SHUBH NAVARATRI 2015
NAVARATRI - THE FESTIVAL OF NINE NIGHTS
Swami Anand Giri
SHARAD NAVARATRI 2015
13 Oct 2015 to 21 Oct 2015