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Maha Navratri 2018

Navratri is the festival which is celebrated over the period of nine nights which each night dedicated to one form of Goddess Durga. Navratri begins from the first day of the bright fortnight of Hindu month of Ashwin which usually coincides with the end of the rainy season.

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Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

Goddess Shailaputri

Goddess Shailaputri

Goddess Brahmacharini

Goddess Brahmacharini

Goddess Chandraghanta

Goddess Chandraghanta

Goddess Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda

Goddess Skandamata

Goddess Skandamata

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Katyayani

Goddess Kaalratri

Goddess Kaalratri

Goddess Mahagauri

Goddess Mahagauri

Goddess Siddhidaatri

Goddess Siddhidaatri

The nine days have a great religious significance as during this period, the divine mother, Goddess Durga had destroyed the evil force (in the form of the demon Mahishasura). The festival is celebrated with full fervor and true and pure devotion to the Goddess all over the country. Irrespective of caste and creed, people from different sections of the society visit temples and offer pujas at the the Goddess feet to celebrate this festival.

Navratri Celebrations

Celebrated in the most heart warming way, Navratri is that one festival which witness the best of Indian culture and traditions. Be it any part of India, the celebration for Navratri brings joy everywhere.The days and nights are full of rituals in which Goddess Durga is worshiped in different ways in the various regions, cultural dances like Garba and Dandiya are a major part of the festivities. West Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan celebrate Navratri with a very unique and splendid touch.

Navratri Recipes - What to eat during Navratri

India, a home to thousands of festivals has this unique connection to food. Every festival has special foods - dishes and sweets attached to it, likewise for Navratri. People fast during the Navratri for nine days and there are many delicious recipes specially made for the fasts. Some of the very delectable Navratri Specials are:

- Aval Kesari

- Subudana (Sago) Puri

- Gujarati Kadhi

- Vrat ke Chawal

- Singhade ka Halwa

source: festivalsofindia

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