4 Amazing facts about navratri and goddess durga!

India is a country of joy and pleasure. This is a land full of different festivals of different cultures. People of diverse cultures and communities celebrate their festivals here. 

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As India is famously known for it’s Hindu culture, it is also known for it’s festivals. There are many popular festivals of India which are famous worldwide and celebrated all over the world. 

One of these festivals is Navaratri or the festival of nine nights. In today’s blog post, I’m going to tell you some amazing facts and secrets of Navratri which everyone should know. 

The word Navaratri is made up of two words, “Nava” and “Ratri”. Nava means nine and Ratri means night. So Navratri means the festival of nine auspicious nights. 

This festival is celebrated every year, in the season of autumn which usually falls between september to october. It starts within the first two weeks of the month and ends on the ninth day from the start.

The festival is celebrated to give respect to the divine feminist power. On this festival, Goddess Durga and her 9 forms are worshiped. 

As Hinduism believes in equality, it strongly supports the feminist power. To give respect to women, Hinduism celebrates this festival.  Navaratri is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. 

Facts about navratri

1) We all know the story of Mahisasura and Durga. But actually it is said that Mahisasura was the Ansha of Shiva. Actually the vehicle of Durga, the tiger is an ansha of Vishnu. Once upon a time, it was becoming difficult for him to carry the weight of Durga. So he went to Lord Shiva and asked him for help. So he said that when Durga will kill his Ansha, half of her weight will be on Him, and half would be on you. Thus you will be freed of her weight. Such was the friendship of Vishnu and Shiva. 

2) The nine days of Navratri are divided further into 3 sets of 3 days. It is said that in the first 3 days, Goddess Parvati is worshiped to give strength. In the other 3 days, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to give wealth. At last Goddess Saraswati is worshiped to give knowledge. 

3) Navratri is followed by Dussehra. Dussehra is a festival celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Ram against Ravana. It is said that in Navratri, Lord Rama worshiped Goddess Durga, on the tenth day, he killed Ravana and won the battle. 

4) Navratri is also said to be the season of Wars. As because during ancient and medieval times, kings used to invite and fight other kings during this season. Because Goddess Durga, the Goddess of Power and the warrior god lord Rama is worshiped during this season.

5) During Navratri season, Hindus grow the Jaw plant. It is said to be a symbol of Goddess Durga. Also it is said to be the first crop to be grown on Earth. The Jaw plant is regarded as a symbol of Goddess Durga. 

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