NAVARATHRI : CELEBRATING THE VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL
Sharadha Navaratri or Navarathri as it is commonly called, spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in Autumn. It is observed for different reasons and is celebrated in a variety of ways all over India.
What does Navarathri Commemorate?
The main theme of Navarathri across India is celebrating the Victory of Good Over Evil. In the eastern and north-eastern states of India, the Durga Puja is synonymous with Navaratri, wherein goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious over the demon Mahishasura. In the Northern States, Navarathri marks the anniversary of Lord Rama vanquishing the evil demon Ravana. In the southern states, Navarathri celebrates the glorious feminine forms of divinity as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
The Traditions and Rituals of Navarathri at Home :
Navarathri in South India :
In many households in South India, Navarathri is celebrated in a grand manner. Members of the household, especially women erect an exhibition of idols of Gods and Goddesses known as Bommai Kolu. They offer Puja to Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi on all the Nine Days of Navarathri. The essential items required for this puja can all be found in our Navarathri Puja Kit, which comprises all the items required, including a Sloka Paper that outlines the procedures involved in the puja.
During the course of Navarathri, Women invite other women to their household and offer them a hamper comprising Kumkum, Turmeric, Betel Leaves and Betel Nuts. In many households, women give their guests gifts which include Puja Items such as Agarbathis, Dhoop and lamps as a token of thanks for accepting the invitation and gracing their home.
On the Ninth Day of Navathri, Ayudha Puja and Saraswathi Puja are performed. Ayudha puja is performed in honor of the tools and appliances that make our lives easier. Devotees offer prayers to the Goddess of Learning for bestowing prosperity and express their gratefulness to the appliances and tools that are such an integral part of everyday life.
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Durga Puja in Eastern India :
As Navarathri marks the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, in Eastern Parts of India, Durga is revered during Navarathri. Pandals or sheds are erected in every nook and cranny and Durga idols are worshipped in both the Pandals and at home. Daily Puja is performed on all the nine days. Pooja Essentials’ Navaratri Puja Kit comprises all the items that are required for offering the everyday puja during Navaratri.
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