India is gearing up for the Navaratri celeberations.
Nava is nine.
Ratri is Night.
Hinduism embraces tolerance, karma, piety,and moksha.
Epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha elucidate the quint essential qualities of man..
Navarathri is dedicated to the Goddess
Goddess Laksmi patronises wealth and prosperity.
Intellect and knowledge are attributed to Goddess Saraswathi.
Goddess Durga or Kali is an epitome of bravery.
Dhanam,vidya, and Parakirama are the essentials for success.
They are praised,.
They are celebrated.
They are sanctified.
This navaratri utsav falls in the month of Purattasi, (mid september -mid october). after amamvasa or full moon day.
Art galleries, photo expositions are the trend of the day.
From Lore, dolls were displayed in temples, in almost all households during the nine days.
Replicas of Gods and Goddess,figures of saints, leaders,animals are artfully placed in the nine step artefact’.
These nine steps denote the nine nights.
Every day during dusk ,there is religious activities,and rejoicing.
Dias are lit,snacks are prepared and distributed.
Each guest is treated with great care.
A gift of sari, blouse piece, kumkum , glass bangles and flowers are presented to the ladies.
Slokas and Keertanas invoking the deities are sung with ardent fervour,.
On the tenth day ,the deities are taken in procession around the temple.
This day is aptly termed as Vijayadasami.
Vijaya means victory.
Triumph to all who pray to Lakshmi, Saraswathi, and Durga.
Navaratri is divinity in grandeur