Navratri 2018: India commences the nine-day fest
The auspicious period
Also known as Sharad Navratri, the fun-filled festival is celebrated in different ways across the country and involves worship of Goddess Durga and her nine avatars. Over the next nine days, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts. The tenth day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami.
"Keeping the look completely traditional, one can opt for a nice saree with a choli-style blouse. To stand out, a contrast-coloured printed blouse can be worn with a simple woven saree." says designer city-based designer Abhishek Dutta.
The puja shenanigans
(In pic: A Bangladeshi artist works on a clay idol of the Hindu elephant-headed God Ganesha in preparation for the forthcoming Hindu festival 'Durga Puja)
(In pic: Idols of Hindu goddess Durga are transported on boats through the waters of river Ganga to pandals, or temporary platforms, ahead of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.)
Prayers and fasts
While in West Bengal, the last four days of Navratri is celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm and is known as Durga Puja.(In pic: An artisan works on an idol of Goddess Durga ahead of Durga Puja festival)
(In pic: Artistes busy to give finishing touches for coming Durga Puja festival in Delhi)