Navratri celebrations across India

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Navratri

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms.

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Navratri, Kullu

The Dussehra of Kulu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North.

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Navratri, Kullu
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Navratri, Bengal

The last four days of Sharad Navratri take on a particularly dramatic form in the state of West Bengal in East India where they are celebrated as Durga Puja.

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Navratri, Bengal
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Navratri, Bengal

This is the biggest festival of the year in this state. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places.

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Navratri, Bengal
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Navratri, Bengal

These idols are then worshipped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.

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Navratri, Bengal
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Navratri, Gujrat

In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance.

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Navratri, Gujrat
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Navratri, Goa

In Goa, zatra begins during Navratri, entire Antruz (Ponda) is highly ornated.

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Navratri, Goa
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Navratri, Goa

The Saraswat Brahmin temples are beautifully decorated and the idols are taken out for worship.

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Navratri, Goa
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Navratri, Goa

The idols are dressed and adorned with flowers, sandalwood paste, turmeric and kumkum.

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Navratri, Goa
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Navratri, Golu

In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu.

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Navratri, Golu
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Navratri, Karnataka

In Karnataka, Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. The effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life is central to this celebration, so it includes all tools that help one earn one's livelihood. Knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, farmers go for the plough and other agricultural tools, machinery for industrialists and cars/buses/trucks for the transportation workers-all are decorated with flowers and worshipped on this day invoking God's blessing for success in coming years.

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Navratri, Karnataka
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Navratri, Kerala

In Kerala, three days: Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashami of Sharad Navaratri are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja in which books are worshipped. The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples.

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Navratri, Kerala
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Navratri, Kerala

In Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, people celebrate Bathukamma festival over a period of nine days. It is a kind of navratri celebration.

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Navratri, Kerala
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Navratri, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

In Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, people celebrate Bathukamma festival over a period of nine days. It is a kind of navratri celebration.

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Navratri, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
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