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Navratri 2018: India commences the nine-day fest

The auspicious period

The auspicious period

The auspicious nine-day period of Navratri has commenced and devotees all over India are celebrating occasion.

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.

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The preprations

The preprations

Donning bright festive hues, going experimental, stocking trendy accessories and yet not forgetting to add individual style elements is the current trend.

"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.


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Ma durga

Ma durga

On the first day of Navratri, Maa Durga is invoked into a Kalash with full Vedic rituals along with chanting of mantras/bhajans. The invocation and dwelling of the Goddess into the Kalash is known as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana which happens at an auspicious time of the day.

(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.)

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Other rituals

Other rituals

Jyoti Kalash, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Navami Homa, Lalitha Vrat and Chandi Path are other famous rituals and events which are observed during the nine days of Navratri.

(In pic: Artistes busy to give finishing touches for coming Durga Puja festival in Delhi)

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