Navratri – The Nights of Joyous Victory.
Navratri, the carnival of victory has various beliefs attached to it. Why is Navrati so important and why do we celebrate the same?
As we all know, going by the Hindu calendar, the popular Hindu festival Navratri usually arrives in the Ashvin month. Navratri means nine nights of joyous celebration. There are many different beliefs depicting the festival, let’s check them out one by one.
- According to some Hindu mythology experts, Navratri is the period during which Lord Ram battled against his enemy Lankadhish Ravan for nine nights, and on the 10th day of battle Ram finished the battle by beheading Ravan. Some people symbolize this day as the ‘Victory Day’ aka “Vijayadashami”. As a celebration of Ram’s victory over Ravan, Vijayadashami is also known as Dussehra. On this day, a huge idol of Ravan is created and burnt to depict the victory of good over evil.
- According to another study, Goddess Durga had agreed to marry Mahishasura if he won her over in a battle. This battle commenced for nine days and on the 10th night, Goddess Durga beheaded him. This night is known as Dussehra or Vijayadashmi and is celebrated by Hindus as the official end to Navratri.
The Navratri in Maharashtra brings the agricultural essence to the festival. The first day of Navratri is also known as “Ghatsthapana”. People of Maharashtra mount a jar on this day which can be of copper or bras, filled with water on the small layer of rice. To add more weightage to its beauty some people decorate the whole Ghat with flowers and lightings. The women of household worship the pot for nine days by offering rituality at its best. After 9 days those seeds grow and are immersed on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra or Vijayadashami.
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