NAVRATRI, One Of the Most Popular Hindu Fests, Concludes

September 30th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
NAVRATRI, One Of the Most Popular Hindu Fests, Concludes
THE nine-day Nav Ratra Festival concluded on Saturday with the immersion of idols of Devi Durga who was worshipped by the Hindus in different manifestations.  Scholars say Durga Puja commences every year on the sixth day of the Nav Ratra during which innumerable devotees worship Devi Durga. Legend has it that Ramchandra, son of Raja Dasharata of Ayodhya, had invoked Devi Durga to seek Her blessings in autumn before killing the Demon King Ravana. Ravana despite being a warrior and well versed in scriptures had become too arrogant and had declined to give back Princess Sita Devi to her husband Ramchandra as advised by his spouse Mandadori, his own mother and other wise people to avert destruction of his kingdom in Lanka, the most celebrated place about 5,000 years ago. For the popularising Durga Puja the credit definitely goes to the Bangla speaking people, particulary the Hindus. It has become an annual popular event for social gatherings for merriment plus invoking blessing of the deity considered the Adi Shakti. He spouse is Lord Shiva, the God of Gods.Although Navratri is celebrated four times annually, the one during September-October which is known as The Sharada Navratri during autumn in September-October is the most celebrated and the Vasanta Navratri during spring in March-April is next most significant Navratri. Navratri is observed as Durga Puja in the East and in various places of North-eastern India where the festival symbolizes the victory of Goddess Durga over demon Mahishasura. The final day is observed as Vijay Dashami. The North and Western parts of India celebrate Navratri by holding ‘Ram Lila’ culminating in Dussehra when effigies of Ravana along with his son Meghnad and brother Khubhakaran are burnt to signify Lord Ram’s victory over Ravana. As in previous years, the Durga Puja was celebrated by the Bongs in various parts of India , Bangladesh ,Nepal and several other countries. There were neck to neck competitions among the puja committees to over smart one another in putting the best innovative pandals and idols. Preparations for the Durga Puja festivity commence five to six months ahead of the D- Day .People are full of zeal and enthusiasm while visiting them. While some pandals are simply stunning to look at others remind you that there is an endurable charm in tradition that refuses to fade. This year  The City of Joy left no stone unturned to express their unabashed love for the festival and for the goddess in particular, says The Indian Express. In the metropolis, thousands of people jostled with each to pay obeisance to Devi Durga in North Kolkata decked up in a sari made of 22 carat gold valued at three crore. Speaking to media persons Senco Gold & Diamond’s Managing Director Sankar Sen, who sponsored the unique idol, said initially the work started with 30 kg of gold. But the amount of the precious metal came down after cutting and polishing. About 30-40 artisans worked on the costume for 90 days as part of 82nd celebration to showcase the talent of the Bengali artisans, Sen added. In Nepal Dashian and Durga Puja is celebrated in September-October annually by all the Nepalese belonging to various castes and creed as a national event .All government offices remain closed during the fest.

This is stated to be longest festival on the Himalayan nation. All houses install the deity for worshipping. Barley seeds are planted on the first Day in each and every household and nurtured for nine days. Goddess Durga is worshipped in her different manifestations by offering thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing.  The final day of the celebration is called Tika when elders apply Tika on the foreheads of the younger people and give their blessings.








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