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Legends of Navaratri
Legends of Navaratri

Shruti Kakkar
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There are several legends associated with the celebration of Navaratri. Sorrowfully many of us are unaware of it expect burning the effigy of Ravana with crackers. Most of us associate Navaratri with fancy Dandiya nights, food and get together. Can someone tell me more about the legends of Navaratri?

Posted On : 9/29/2016 4:24:10 AM

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Maniam PS
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The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. The festival may be held for a day more or a day less. In Malaysia, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. Photos of typical golu displayed in Tamil Nadu style can be found here. In the evening women in neighborhood invite each other to visit their homes to view Kolu displays, they exchange gifts and sweets. Kuthuvilakku lamp is lit in the middle of a decorated Rangoli devotional hymns and shlokas are chanted. After performing the puja, the food items that have been prepared are offered to the Goddess and then to the guests. On the 9th day, Saraswati Puja; special pujas are offered to Goddess Saraswati, the divine source of wisdom and enlightenment. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge. Ayudha Pooja; the worship of vehicles and instruments is the most important festival celebrated in Malaysia on Navami day. Almost all mechanic shops, heavy industries celebrate Ayudha Pooja to thank their instruments. The 10th day, Vijayadasami - is the most auspicious day of all. It was the day on which evil was finally destroyed by good. It marks a new and prosperous beginning. New ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education.

Posted On : 10/2/2016 2:32:55 AM

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Writi Mitra
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Bengalis believe that Lord Rama worshipped all the nine forms of Goddess Durga before he killed Ravana. Lord Rama worshiped the Goddess for nine days to gain all her powers. During Sharad Navratri which falls in autumn every year the tenth day on which Lord Rama defeated and killed Ravana is known as Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra.

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Anamika Sen
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I wanted to know that is there any special reason for playing Dandiya during Navratri?

Posted On : 11/5/2016 4:40:52 AM

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Sonika Gupta
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Dandiya is usually played in the late evening after performing all the religious rituals as part of enjoyment. It is actually associated with Lord Krishna.

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