The true spirit and devotion of Hindus can be easily seen on the festival of Navratri. Navratri means the nine auspicious nights which are totally devoted to goddess Shakti. Navratri is celebrated all over India with lot of excitement, joy and dedication. It is a festival of fast and feast.
The festival of navratri is celebrated to seek the blessings of goddess Shakti. Nine forms of Hindu goddess are worshipped on each of nine nights. Names of forms of goddesses are Durga, bhairavi, amba, sarvamangala, amba, chandika, bhavani, Annapurna and Lalita. The goddesses of Hindus are regarded as ‘mother’ by her devotees.
The Navratri festival is observed in the Ashwin month of Hindus calendar which corresponds to the months of September and October according to Roman calendar.
The best part of this festival is that Hindu devotees keep fasts during nine days of navratri to strengthen their belief in god. These fasts are meant for purifying body and soul. Fasts are also kept by people for their progression in spiritual way of living. These nine days of navratri also gives us time to introspect our soul.
Hindu devotes spent their time in signing bhajans, keertans and in performing yagnas. They eat satvik food only once at the sunset time after the evening prayers. Spices like red chilies, onions, garlic and turmeric are not all used while preparing meal.
For Gujaratis, navratri festival is a time for lot of fun and merriment. They sing and perform dandiya. For Bengalis, it is an auspicious period where they welcome goddess Durga with all splendors.