Rituals of Navratri

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Rituals of Navratri

Navratri, as the name suggests, is the festival of nine nights. The nine forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped during the festival of Navratri.

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This festival is celebrated by fasting for all the nine days in honour of Goddess Durga. Those who can’t fast for nine days fast on the first and the last day of the festival. Image source: style.giftcart.com

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Abstinence of various food items is observed during the festival. Most devotees limit themselves to just fruits. Image source: giftacrossindia.com

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Rituals of Navratri

Each day of Navratri is dedicated to the worship of various forms of Goddess Durga. Image source: trade.indiamart.com

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Devotees play dandiya and dance to garba, or dandiya raas, one of the famous dance forms during Navratri. Image source: danceclassonline.in

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On the eighth and ninth days of Navratri, Kanya Pooja is performed. Devotees who fast invite nine young girls from the neighbourhood, wash their feet and offer them food and gifts in honour of Goddess Durga. Image source: sriramsamaj.org

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The nine-day Navratri celebration comes to an end with the immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. Image source: Image source: img1.tradeget.com

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The tenth day is observed as Dussehra. Effigies of Ravana are burned and the victory of Lord Ram over evil Ravana is celebrated. Image source: static.indianexpress.com

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