Facts That Nobody Told You About Navratri
Navratri Festival Facts
# Navratri is major festival held in honour of the divine feminine. It is also the biggest festival for Bengali Hindus and it is celebrated with great devotion.
# In Sanskrit Navratri means nine nights. 'Nav' meaning nine, and 'ratri' meaning night; also called Durga Puja.
# Victory after nine days and nights: Navratri is a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. A victory of good over evil.
# Navratri festival is celebrated "Five Times" in a year, i.e. Sharad Navratri, Chaitra Navratri, Ashada Navratri, Paush Navratri and Magh Navratri. Sharad Navratri is the most important. Sharad Navratri is also known as Maha Navratri.
# These nine nights of Navratri Hindus worship Goddess Durga in nine different forms. Forms of shakti worshiped during Navratri are: Durga, Amba, Chandika, Sarvamangala, Lalita, Bhavani and Mookambika, Bhadrakali,Bhairavi,Annapoorna Devi.
# Garba is a form of dance that is done in a circle, representing the cyclical belief of time within Hinduism. Traditionally, the dance is performed with a clay lantern at the center representing the Devi. Dancing around this lantern symbolizing that each human has this form of energy within him or her.