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Navaratri special celebrations in India

Updated on August 29, 2014

Navaratri is a famous Hindu festival celebrated all over India. In north India and South India this festival is celebrated for about 9 to 10 days. Navrathri is the festival of the strong goddess Durga devi also called saraswati devi. Navratri means nine nights and these nine nights are celebrated in a very auspicious way. The last day of navratri is called as vijaydashami. Karnataka, Maharashtra, West bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya pradesh are some of the states where people celebrate navratri with great enthusiasm and devotion.

The durga devi temples during navratri days will be beautifully decorated. Navratri is also called pooja festivals in many states of India. During these days streets will be beautifully decorated with lights and lamps. Various stage programmes wil be arranged in the streets and temples during these days. Dance, music, dramas etc will be performed for the people during navratri festival. Gujarat is the state where variety of dance programmes will be conducted during these celebrations.

Navaratri Golu

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Sweet Pongal - Navaratri sweet dish

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In south India the people especially women collects variety of worshiping dolls and arranges them line by line in a part of their house. This is a special custom especially in the people of Tamil Nadu, Andhra pradhesh etc. These arrangement of dolls is called "navaratri gollu". The dolls will be arranged very beautifully and light arrangements will also be be setup for a brighter display. The children will be having holidays during these days and so they can enjoy these festival with more fun.In Kerala the last 3 days are mainly celebrated. people of Kerala do poojas in their houses during the festival days.

Another interesting thing during these days are the dishes. Variety of sweet dishes are prepared. In some states people will take navaratri fast and for them a special dish is prepared which is called sabudana vada. Unni appam is another tasty sweet dish which is prepared by the people of Kerala. Various traditions are followed by various states in India. Every members of the family in all states join together and enjoys these festivals in joyful way.

Navaratri Celebrations at Linga Bhairavi Temple

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      Sreejith k 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Thank you five sense for the valuable comment.

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      Leena 4 years ago from new delhi

      Well the Navaratri has started and I enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading about it.

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