Navratri is the famous festival in India. Iit is a Nine-day long festival celebrated across India with great Joy and dedication. People send happy Navratri wishes to their friends and family. People have believed that these nine days are very auspicious and these days are best days when we can overcome the evil. These nine days of Navratri fully dedicated to Maa Durga devotees perform Maa Durga puja while adopting a calm and meditative lifestyle. Each day devotees worship different manifestation of Durga and pleased with special offerings and prayers. Hindus believed that this is the time that when Maa Durga descends from the heaven to bless her beloved devotees.
Like another festival, navratri do have seasonal effects. They come twice in a year. The first time they come in summer that is in March-April called Chaitra Navratri and the second time they come in winters September-October called shared Navratri. In Navratri, people worship goddess Durga and her nine forms. The history behind this is that, Maa Durga killed Demon Mahishasur and this shows good always wins over bad.
The nine form of durga are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri.
These nine from of Durga have their own significance and importance. People celebrate Navratri by doing fasting and worshipping the nine forms of Durga. People observe the fast for the first and the last day to celebrate the holy period of Navratri. In Navratri, families wake up early in morning to perform rituals of the festival. Devotees start their day by worship goddess Durga after taking bath. People do puja of the big idol of Goddess Durga, who shows the symbol of strength and courage.
In puja, the basic material used is Kumkum which is a red powder, included red thread and flowers which devotees devote to the Maa Durga Idol. Ganga Jal that is pure water filed in a pot and is kept in front of Goddess Durga. They decorate that pot with the red kumkum, flowers and Mango leaves. Each morning and evening devotees worship Maa Durga also sung Bhajans, said shlokas and at end of each bhajan offered flowers to Goddess.
Devotees do fasting during Navratri and at that time for whole nine days, they avoid non-vegetarian food or consumption of alcohol or tobacco. The last two days of Navratri that is eighth day and ninth day are quite important for the all devotees. Some people break their fast on eight days called Ashtami or some break their fast on the ninth day called Navami. Devotees offer bhog of halwa, puri and Black chana to the nine forms of Maa Durga. Some families also do yoga to thank all gods, seek blessings of Maa Durga and end the nine-day festival with happiness.
In every city, Navratri celebrated in a unique way. The festival is very much famous in Kolkata, Gujarat, and Mumbai. In Kolkata people worship the big idol of Maa Durga. Idols of Maa Durga installed in every home so that they can take blessings of her. People of every age and caste enjoy this amazing nine-day festival. In Gujarat, people do worship Maa Durga and after that, they do their traditional dance called Garbha and Dandiya. In Mumbai, people celebrate this festival in a remix way.