Navratri, the nine days when India and Indian souls across the world are charged with spiritual fervour is a time for worship, festivities, fasting and spiritual enhancement. The nine days of fasting and prayers culminate in Vijayadasami or Dusshera, the tenth day, which marks the victory of good over evil. This day is usually celebrated as a gala event, with dancing, bhajans, pujas and of course, food.
Although different parts of the country have different reasons and different ways of celebrating Navratri, it is nevertheless a pan-Indian festival!
In South India, the festival celebrates the victory of Shakthi over the demon Mahishasura. The first three days commemorate Durga, then Lakshmi and finally Saraswati. On the tenth day or Vijadasami, these three key forms of the Goddess unify into one all-encompassing force that vanquishes the demon. In North India, people celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana. Eastern India celebrates Dusshera as Durga Puja, an event that has gained international acclaim. People from all over the world flock to Bengal to watch the grandeur with which Maa Shakthi is celebrated.
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