Do you know why do we celebrate Navratri and Durga Puja?
The celebration of Navratri in India is a glorious ceremonial phenomenon, it is a ten-day-long event, out of which nine days mark the celebration and chanting of the name of Gods while on the tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. The festival of Navratri falls in the bright half of the month of Ashvin, according to Hindu Lunar Calendar, which according to the Georgian calendar falls either in the month of September or October post-monsoon. Let’s now go ahead and find out why do we celebrate Navratri and Durga Puja.
As per different cultures and traditions, these nine days celebrate the win of good over evil and the establishment of Dharma through various manifestations of god, like Goddess Durga, Goddess Sarasvati, or the win of Lord Rama over Ravana. In the Eastern parts of the country like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura, etc. the festival of Navaratri is celebrated as Durga Pooja whereas in the northern and western part Ram Lila is performed and enjoyed during these days. In the southern parts of India, they celebrate the win of Goddess Sarasvati. Since during these nine days in most parts of the country different forms of the supreme feminine energy is celebrated and worshipped, let’s know more about the victory achieved by Goddess Durga.
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The story behind Navratras – why do we celebrate Navratri
Once there was a Demon named Mahishasura, who had acquired the boon to be able to change his outer form and never to be killed by a man. In Hindi, Mahisha means a buffalo and Asura means a demon hence he was also known as the buffalo demon. He kept on defeating the Gods in the battle between the Gods and Demons due to his deceptive powers. The God-king Indra felt helpless and went to seek help from the divine couple Shiva and Parvati. After witnessing the damage caused and evil spread by Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati took the form of Goddess Durga, which was the collision of energies of all Gods combined.
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Mahishasura grew proud of his powers and underestimated the feminine strength. He was ultimately liberated by Goddess Durga, after a ferocious nine days-long battle. The Goddess also came to be known as Mahishasuramardini, after she tamed and killed the buffalo demon.
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Hence for the nine days, we celebrate the feminine power of the different forms of the Devi or the Goddess. It is one of the major festivals according to Hinduism and is celebrated by some by fasting and others by feasting according to their belief systems. We hope now you know as to why do we celebrate Navratri.