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FAMOUS FESTIVAL of NAVARATRI in INDIA

Introduction

Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian cultural sphere. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri.

About Story Of Navaratri Festival

The festival is associated with the prominent battle that took place between Durga and demon Mahishasura and celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars – the Navadurga. Each day is associated with an incarnation of the goddess: Day 1 – Shailaputri.

What is special about Navratri?

Navratri, (Sanskrit: “nine nights”)in full Sharad Navratri; Navratri also spelled Navaratri; also called Durga Puja, in Hinduism, a major festival held in honor of the divine feminine. 

Navratri occurs over 9 days during the month of Ashvin, or Ashvina (in the Gregorian calendar, usually September–October).

What are the Nine days of Navratri?

Over the course of the nine days, the different avatars of Goddess Durga are honored They are Goddess Shailputri (Day 1), Goddess Brahmacharini (Day 2), Goddess Chandraghanta (Day 3), Goddess Kushmanda (Day 4), Goddess Skandamata (Day 5), Goddess Katyayani (Day 6), Goddess Kaalratri (Day 7), Goddess Mahagauri (Day 8) …3 days ago.

Which day is for Durga Maa?

This year, Navratri starts on October 17 and all the nine days signifies each form or avatar of Maa Durga. The first day is observed to celebrate Goddess Shaiputri, who is the first avatar of Nava Durga. Shailputri is also known as Bhavani, Parvati, or Hemavati and has a beautiful, earthly essence among all.2 days ago

What should we do in Navratri?

Navratri brings along with itself an opportunity to fast and worship the supreme Goddess Durga. If you fast during the entire duration of Navratrimake sure you are feeding yourself healthy food items. Eat fruits, makhana, kuttu dosa, Samak rice, and baked potatoes.
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Which Colour we wear in Navratri?

To represent brightness, happiness, and energy, one should wear an orange color on this day. This day is dedicated to Goddess Skandamata. The day represents purity and one should wear white color. The day is dedicated to Devi Katyayani and the color for this day is red.4 days ago

What should we not do in Navratri?

01:- Navrati is a nine-day long festival.
02:- ​Cutting your nails and hair.
03:- Avoid Eating non-veg foods.
04:- ​Avoid slicing lemon.
05:- ​Avoid fried foods.
06:- ​Fasting during Navratri is a ritual.
07:- Avoid your sleeping habit in the afternoon.
08:- ​Take care of Akhand Jyoti.
09:- ​Should avoid using leather products.
10:- ​Take care of the Kalash.
11:- ​Be polite and gentle.

Can we eat non-veg in Navratri?

Navratri is Durga Puja and for Bengali people, it is a celebration time. they eat only nonveg during Durga Puja and not only that they even sell nonveg food in or near their pandals. 

Mostly all over India serve only vegetarian food as prasad or bhog.

Best Navaratri Food.

1.  Sabudana Khichdi,
2. Kuttu Ka Dosa.
3. Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa.
4. Aloo ki Kadhi.
5. Low-Fat makhana kheer.
6. Banana Walnut Lassi.
7.  Arbi kofta with mint Yoghurt Dip.
8. Vratwale Chawal ka Dhokla.
9. Kebab -e – Kela.
10. Sonth ki Chutney.
11. Vratwale paneer Rolls.
12. Vratwale Aloo rasedaar.
13. Kuttu ki poori.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Ambubachi Mela

The Ambubachi Mela is an annual Hindu mela held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. 

This yearly Mela is celebrated during the monsoon season that happens to fall during the Assamese month Ahaar, around the middle of June when the sun transit to the zodiac of Mithuna, when the Brahmaputra river is in spate.

It is the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of the goddess Kamakhya. 

It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this time stretch.

It is also believed that during the monsoon rains, the creative and nurturing power of the ‘menses’ of Mother Earth becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the meal.

There is no idol of the presiding deity but she is worshipped in the form of a yoni-like stone instead over which a natural spring flows.
Gathering of people at Ambubashi Mela at India’s Kamakhya Temple
It is also believed that in the early 16th century, the Kamakhya temple got destroyed. However, it was rebuilt by the King of Cooch Behar and was designed in a rather unique way. The temple has four prayer chambers: Garbagriha, Calantha, Pancharatna, and Natamandiramong.

The first and most important chamber leads to the sanctum of the temple which is in the form of a cave. Though the chamber does not house an idol or image of the goddess, there is a natural spring that resembles the womb of the goddess.
The temple remains closed for three days during the meal for it is believed that mother earth becomes unclean for three days like the traditional women’s menstrual seclusion.

During these three days, some restrictions are observed by the devotees like not cooking, not performing puja or reading holy books, no farming, etc.

After three days Devi Kamakhya is bathed and other rituals are performed to ensure that the Devi retrieves her purity. Then the doors of the temple are reopened and prasad is distributed. On the fourth day, the devotees are allowed to enter the temple and worship Devi Kamakhya.

In 2016, the dates of the Ambubachi festival were between 22 and 26 June. In 2017, the dates of the Ambubachi Mela were between 22 and 26 June.
The prasad is distributed in two forms – Angodak and Angabastra. Angodak literally means the fluid part of the body – water from the spring and Angabastra literally means the cloth covering the body – a piece of the red cloth used to cover the stone yoni during the days of menstruation.
Sadhus gathered at Kamakhya Temple for the Ambubachi Mela
Every year lakhs of pilgrims, starting from Sadhus to householders, from all over India, come to Guwahati to observe this festival.

They include Sanasins, black-clad Aghoras, the Khade-babas, the Baul, or singing minstrels of West Bengal, intellectual and folk Tantriks, Sadhus, and Sadhbis with long matted hair, etc. 

Even foreigners from abroad come to seek blessings of mother Kamakhya.
Ambubachi Mela is one of the biggest congregations in eastern India.
It is the most important festival of the Kamakhya temple.
It is more of a ritual of austerities, a festival celebrated with Shakti rites.

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