India is a land of tradition and culture and is filled with a lot of values and stories behind its regular habits. With the augment of the auspicious months, there are festivals galore which provide one with a unique ambience filled with a lot of traditional stories.
This is a Hindu festival mainly revering Goddess Durga. This year Navratri begins on October 13 and would go on till October 22 when it is Dussehra. Navratri means Nine nights where “Nav” means nine and “ratri” means night in Sanskrit. The festival is celebrated as Durga Puja in West Bengal.
The Deities in Navratri
The first three days of Navratri is for reverence of Goddess Durga. Before this festival devotees buy new clothes and also make various kinds of cuisine. In the state of Gujarat the women dance the Garba and the Dandiya dance. In Tamil Nadu they have the custom of “Golu” or arrangement of dolls in a particular fashion. People also keep the traditional Marapachi Dolls which signify a particular medicinal ambience in the house.
Dussehra is a festival that denotes victory of good over evil. Effigies of the ten headed demon Ravana are burnt on this day. This is a time when crackers are burst and when people forget past grudges and make a new beginning.
Navratri with its various aspects is an interesting part of Indian festivals and Marapachi Dolls are a completely unique tradition. For more on this click here