Navratri 2018: India commences the nine-day fest
The auspicious nine-day period of Navratri has commenced and devotees all over India are celebrating occasion.
New Delhi: The auspicious nine-day period of Navratri has commenced and devotees all over India are celebrating occasion.
Also known as Sharad Navratri, the fun-filled festival is celebrated in different ways across the country and involves worship of Goddess Durga and her nine avatars. Over the next nine days, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts. The tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्तिरूपेण संस्थिता।— BJP (@BJP4India) October 10, 2018
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
नवरात्रि के पावन पर्व की सभी देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनायें। जय माता दी। pic.twitter.com/g5n7gIjGRK
The occasion is believed to mark Goddess Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura and defeated him, which signifies victory of good over evil.
The festival is popularly and prominently celebrated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and the southern state of Karnataka.
The people of Varanasi and Delhi marked the first day of the festival by offering prayers and sweets at different temples.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्ति-रूपेण संस्थिता।— Congress (@INCIndia) October 10, 2018
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः।।
शारदीय नवरात्रि स्थापना की आप सभी को मंगलकामनाएं। pic.twitter.com/bKxs37GvtG
While in West Bengal, the last four days of Navratri is celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm and is known as Durga Puja.
नवरात्रि के पावन पर्व पर हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 10, 2018
शक्ति की देवी मां दुर्गा सबके जीवन में सुख, शांति और समृद्धि लेकर आएं।
जय मां जगदम्बा!
On the first day of Navratri, Maa Durga is invoked into a Kalash with full Vedic rituals along with chanting of mantras/bhajans. The invocation and dwelling of the Goddess into the Kalash is known as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana which happens at an auspicious time of the day.
Jyoti Kalash, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Navami Homa, Lalitha Vrat and Chandi Path are other famous rituals and events which are observed during the nine days of Navratri. (ANI)