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Navratri – The Festival of Nine Nights

Navratri – The Festival of Nine Nights

Navratri since ages has been among the most widely celebrated festivals all across India. This festival holds a special significance for Hindus, who wholeheartedly celebrate the victory of Shakti in the form of “Goddess Durga” over Mahishasura.

History Behind Navratri Celebration

Numerous beliefs are associated with this nine-day holy festival of Navratri, which of course vary from region to region. However, it is widely believed that Mahishasura, who was considered a devotee of Lord Shiva, acquired supernatural powers and began to misuse them by taking lives of the innocent. There was a need to prevent Mahishasura from doing so and further stop him from taking control of all three lokas.

This is when Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh decided to give rise to warrior Goddess Durga who entered the battleground against Mahishasura. The war lasted for nine days and on the tenth day, she won the battle and that’s this day is known as Vijaydashmi. In these nine nights of Navratri people celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura.

Significance of Goddess Durga

Maa Durga is known to be the universal healer of sufferings and troubles that come across our day to day lives. It is believed that Maa Durga’s energy plays a vital role in the never ending cycle of creation, conservation and demolition of this entire universe. According to the faith of masses, fasting during Navratri and worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms keeps you away from worldly troubles and shower numerous blessings onto you.

This year Navratri celebrations will begin from October 13th October and go on till 22nd October which marks Vijayadashmi.

Source: India Roots


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