9 Facts You Need to Know About Navratri Festival

Around the globe, people have heard about Navratri festival, but most of the people are not aware with all the Navratri facts, rituals, Puja procedure and even history of it (why is it celebrated). Here we are enlightening on some points, which you need to know about Navratri. These Navratri facts can enhance your knowledge and help you in understanding more about Navratri and nine goddess etc.
Millions of people around the world celebrate Navratri festival, which is a nine days-nights festival, dedicated to goddess Shakti. Devotees worship nine forms of goddess Shakti to get the divine blessings of Maa Durga. During nine days and nine nights, goddess fought with demon Mahishasur and killed him on the tenth day. These nine sacred days represent the nine days of Navratri. During these nine sacred days, people perform worship, do fasting, kanyak puja and participate in jagrans. It is celebrated in all the parts of the India, it is either North India or South India or East India. In other states of India, it is known by some other name. This is so huge festival that it is celebrated in other countries also, like in Singapore, Malaysia, US, Canada, Australia and UK etc. Every state of India shows some different cultures, activities and facts on Navratri.

Nine Interesting Facts about Navratri Festival:
As there are nine auspicious days, nine sacred nights and nine divine goddess, we are enlightening information on nine interesting facts about Navratri. Below mentioned, amazing nine Navratri facts can familiarise you well with all the aspects of Navratri festival.

1. Navaratri is a sanskrit word meaning nine nights. NAVA means Nine and Ratri means Night.
2. Did you know Navaratri is celebrated five times a year, and it is always celebrated nine days at a time. The months of celebration include March/April, June/July, September/October, December/January and January/February. The Navratri currently being celebrated is known as Sharad Navratri also Known as MAHA NAVRATRI (The Great Navratri). Each Navratri celebrates the Hindu Goddesses.
3. Navratri also celebrates the welcoming of Spring and Autumn.
4. Shakti or Feminine power is celebrated or Worshipped During the Sacred time of Navratri. This includes, but is not limited to major Hindu Goddesses, such as DURGA or KALI.
5. The end of the SHARAD NAVRATRI or the Tenth day, marks Dussehra, Dussehra is Celebrated as the day Lord RAMA defeated the demon king RAVANA in lanka, which is described in detail in the Hindu Epic Ramayana. Dussehra is celebrated across the globe by setting up Extremely Large figurines of ravanas and his brother Kubhakarna and Indrajeet on Fire. This is to depict the win of good over evil.
6. Diwali is celebrated twenty days after marking the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya.
7. The Forms of Shakti worshipped During Navratri are : Durga, Bhadrakali, Amba, Annapoorna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani, and Mookanbika.
8. In Gujrat and MUMBAI extravagant garba and Dandiya celebrations mark the nine days of Navratri.
9. In Eastern India, Navratri is marked with the celebration of Durga Puja. This is celebrated to denote the slaying of the Demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. It too signifies the win of Good over Evil.

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