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10-09-2008, 11:29 PM #1
Happy Navratri and Happy Dusehrra =]
Happy Navratri to everyone
Happy Dushhera as well
Information about both the celebrations, down below
Navaratri (nine nights) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Navratri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time and, as the name implies, this festival is celebrated for nine days. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja.
During this period, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of Shakti, or cosmic energy.
Durga, The Mother Goddess
The festival is dedicated to Durga, the mother goddess who also represents power. Durga annihilated the demon Mahishasura after a relentless battle lasting nine days and nights.
The motherhood of God
Navaratri is a festival in which God is adored as Mother. It is said that Shiva gave permission to Durga to see her mother for nine days in the year and this festival also remembers this visit. Families make an attempt to return home on these days, and leave on the tenth.
Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has emphasised to such an extent the motherhood of God.
To celebrate a good harvest and to propitiate the nine planets, women also plant nine different kinds of food grain seeds in small containers during these nine days and then offer the young saplings to the goddess.
During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property. A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures.
Navaratri is celebrated by communities getting together for dances and nightly feasts.
In India, the most colourful and elaborate celebrations take part in Bengal, where huge idols of the goddess are worshipped.
In Gujarat painted earthern pots with water or a lamp inside symbolise the power of the goddess.
The flame symbolises everlasting divine power whilst the fluid water is transitory.
An auspicious time
Aarti designs ©
Feasts of great variety and delicacy are offered to guests and family during the nine days.
For women, Navaratri is a time for shopping for new clothes and new pots. It is an auspicious time to buy gold or jewellery and the gold markets are open late each night. Women dress elaborately each day for the puja or rituals and nightly dances.
Another part of the puja may involve designing puja-thalis or aartis which are decorated plates in honour of the mother goddess, Amba (Ambika).
The tenth day of the festival is called Dasera, and marks the triumph of good over evil, and also the motherhood of God.
Durga Puja is particularly important for Hindus in Bengal. After having worshipped her for nine days, her image is taken to the streets in a procession and there is much celebration and dancing.
To mark Durga leaving her mother after the nine day visit, her image is cast into water.
In northern parts of India, Hindus also celebrate Rama’s victory over Ravana during this time. This festival is called Dussera. The ten days represent the ten heads of Ravana, and each day is used by Hindus to get rid of bad characteristics, such as lust and jealousy. The tenth day is known as the Day of Victory.
Introduction to Dussehra Festival:
The Dussehra Festival is the first big festival of the season and is held with huge celebrations in the capital city of Delhi in India. The Dussehra Festival generates the feeling of good times among the people. During this festive season, an ethereal scintillating excitement begins to charge the Indian air.
Description of Dussehra Festival:
The Festival of Dussehra in Delhi is an immensely popular festival. An interesting collection of mythic legends and regional tales are embroidered around Dussehra. On this sacred day of Dussehra, Lord Rama, the hero and the God king of the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, killed the sinful Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. The demon king, Ravana, kidnapped Lord Rama’s wife, Sita. Lord Rama prayed to Devi Durga, the Goddess of War, constantly for the first 9 days of the battle and killed the demon king on the 10th day.
According to another legend, which is associated to the Delhi Dussehra Festival, is that of Goddess Durga killing the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. The ancient and popular mythoi say that the gods were forced to grant unconquerable powers to Mahishasura for his unequaled meditation. But, the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura misutilised his extraordinary powers to a great extent. Then the enraged gods created Devi Durga, who is believed to be more powerful than the powers of all the gods put together.
The Delhi Dussehra Festival is celebrated with the story of the battle between Lord Rama and the Demon King Ravana being enacted by people. After the show of Ram Lila, the image of Ravana is burnt. This is a very important part of the celebration of the Dussehra Festival.
In the state of West Bengal, the Dussehra Festival is known as the Durga Puja, which is the single most important festival of the Bengalis.
Time of Celebration of Dussehra Festival:
The Festival of Dussehra in Delhi is celebrated during the month of September. Dussehra falls on the 10th day of the fulling moon during the Hindu month of Ashvin, which is around the months of September and October.
IndianHoliday offers online booking and other essential information about Dussehra Festival in Delhi, India.
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10-11-2008, 04:31 AM #2
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10-11-2008, 04:48 AM #3
Happy Navratri and Happy Dusehrra to all dr member...Pyar Na Dil Se Hota Hai, Na Dimaag Se...
Pyar To Ittefaq Se Hota Hai.
Per Pyar Karke Pyar Hi Mile...
Ye Ittefaq Kisi Kisi Ke Sath Hota Hai.
10-11-2008, 11:42 AM #4
A bit late in replying but was caught up in the festivities! Tx mate
10-11-2008, 10:30 PM #5
10-12-2008, 10:14 AM #6
Happy Navratri and Happy Dusehrra every1