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5 Ways to Make Your Durga Puja & Dussehra Festival Celebration Special

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Durga Puja, Dussehra Festival

Durga puja and Dussehra are the two different festivals celebrated around the same time across the country with great enthusiasm and excitement. These festivals are celebrated in different ways and forms in different regions across the country. In North India, it is popularly known as Navratri and Dussehra puja.  Navratri celebration lasts for the days and on the last day of Navratri is celebrated Dashmi or Vijayadashami or Dussehra. These Hindu festivals have their own importance & relevance in our lives. Dussehra is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil, when Lord Ram killed Ravana. We celebrate Durga puja to mark the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. In South India, people bring idol of Goddess Durga and worship it during all nine days, whereas in West India people celebrate is differently by organizing Dandiya and Garbha nights.

You can also make this festival special by celebrating it differently with your family. No festival celebration can be considered complete without family. Durga puja and Dussehra celebration can be clubbed together as they are celebrated at the same time.  Here we are sharing five different ways to make Durga puja and Dussehra festival celebration special.

Bring Durga idol home: To feel the spirit of this auspicious festival bring idol of Maa Durga home during this Navratri. This is one of the most common and popular ritual during Durga puja. On the first day of Durga puja people bring the Durga idol at home and place it with kalash, coconut and other auspicious items. You can also do the same and set a small Mata ka darbar at home. You can decorate this darbar with lights, flowers and don’t forget to lit “Akhand Jyoti” as the most popular ritual of the Durga puja. This lamp remains lit up during the all nine days.

Follow the Navratri traditions: This is something you can do during this Navratri to enjoy the festival. Follow the traditions of the Navratri and celebrate the festival. You can cook special Navratri food and dress up in traditional nine special colors of Navratri during the all nine days to receive the blessings of the Goddess Durga.

Organize Durga puja at home: During the last three or four days of Navratri you can organize Durga puja at home. You can organize Durga puja traditionally by offering prayers, special food, fruits and sweets to Goddess. Besides, to add some excitement you can also organize some fun activities like singing/bhajan competition or something similar to feel the spirit of festival.

Garbha/Dandiya at home: Garbha or Dandiya is very popular in West India and especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat. You can also add some fun element and organize special Garbha and Dandiya night at home. Don’t forget to invite the relatives, friends and neighbors to enjoy this to the fullest. To make it more interesting you can also plan some dress code or color code for all the guests who will be going to attend your Garbha/Dandiya night party.

Celebrate Dussehra with family: Dussehra is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. You can also organize a small Ramayan skit or a special Vijayadashami puja at home. Don’t forget to cook something special and traditional for the family.

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Navratri Colors: Look Stylish This Navratri By Wearing Something Special

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Navratri festival colors wearing

Navratri is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals of India. Navratri means “Nine Nights”, and celebration of Goddess Durga in her nine different forms on the scheduled nine days. The Navratri festival celebration is very colorful. People keep fast for these 9 days and enjoy with full enthusiasm. Even in some states people organize Garbha and Dandiya nights. This year the Shard Navratri festival will start from 21st September, 2017 and will end on 29th September, 2017. People follow different traditional norms and rituals during these auspicious 9 days to get the blessings of Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated with so much of pomp and show across the country.  You would never want to miss even a single chance to be part of this auspicious and colorful festival. Here, in this article we are sharing the different colors and dresses you can wear during the nine days to enjoy the spirit of the Navratri festival celebration.

Wear Yellow on first day: On the first day Navratri wear yellow dress as this is the symbol of prosperity and good luck. You can wear anything in yellow on this day. But, to match up the mood of Navratri celebration you can wear long suit with churidar on the first day of Navratri. You can also wear a bright yellow suit during Durga puja on the first day.

Wear Green on second day: The second day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is known for eternal power and energy. She blesses her devotees with good fortune and prosperity. To please the Goddess of purity, wear green color. To look traditional on this special day, wear green salwar suit in silk or in georgette with some shimmer and thread work. If you don’t want to wear something too gaudy then you can also wear something in green with self-print or patterns. Wear any shade of green to receive the blessings of Goddess Durga this Navratri.

Wear Grey on third day: The third day of Navratri is devoted to Goddess Chandraghanta, the third avatar of Goddess Durga. This form of Goddess Durga symbolizes bravery and fortitude. To receive the blessings of Goddess Chardraghanta wear something in grey color. You can wear grey color suit with palazzo or you can wear grey color suit with different color combinations if you want to look trendy.

Wear Orange on fourth day: On the fourth day of Navratri festival we all worship Goddess Kushmanda, the fourth form of Durga. To please the Goddess Kushmanda on the fourth day of Navratri wear orange color. Wear something traditional like chaniya choli in orange or orange with some vibrant combinations like green, blue, black to look traditional and enjoy the festival. You can also wear this colorful orange chaniya-choli in Navratri- Dandiya or Garbhi dance.

Wear white on fifth day: On the fifth day of Navratri celebrations, we offer prayers to Goddess Skandamata. Don’t forget to wear the white color on this special day to please Goddess Skandamata and receive her blessings. The Goddess will bring peace and prosperity in life. You can wear something traditional like white saree mixed with some bright colors like pink, yellow, orange, green or some other shades of your choice to look gorgeous on the fifth day of Navratri.

Wear red on sixth day: On the sixth day of Navratri worship Goddess Katyayani, the daughter of Kata. This sixth day of Navratri is celebrated with devotion to welcome the Goddess on earth. To get the blessings of Goddess Katyayani get dressed in the divine red color. Red color long anarkali suit with yellow or green color combination will be the perfect choice for Navratri festival.

Wear Royal Blue on seventh day: The seventh day is known as Saptami. It has its own importance as many people fast on this day. Even those who haven’t fasted for all 9 days, they do fast on Saptami. This seventh day people worship Kaalratri avatar o Goddess Durga. She is considered to provide protection from all kinds of anxiety and problems. Wear traditional dress like lehenga choli or saree in royal blue on this special day to please the Goddess.

Wear Pink on the eight day: On Ashtami or on the eight day of Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Goddess Gauri. She is considered as symbol of serenity and beauty and who has the power to wash away all the sins of common man.  On this day, many people offer gifts and other things to little girls to get their blessing and consider them as avatar of Goddess Durga. On this special day don’t forget to wear Pink. You can wear pink suit with green or blue palazzo or long skirt to look trendy and gorgeous.

Wear purple on the ninth day: On the ninth day of Navratri we worship Goddess Durga in the form of Siddhidatri. To receive the blessings from the Goddess wear something in purple on this day. You can wear a purple silk saree or purple georgette saree with thread or stone work to match up the festival spirit.

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Celebrate victory of Good over Evil on Dussehra and Durga Puja

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Dussehra, Vijyadashmi, Durga Puja

Vijayadashami is also popularly known as Dussehra or Dasara or Dashmi. Dashmi is the tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav is Hindu festival celebrated in the month of October. It is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in various forms across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The day ends a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of idol of Goddess Durga. The people celebrate this festival to with full fervor and spirit. This is the celebration victory of Good over Evil on Vijayadashami day.

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Vijayadashami – Celebration of Dussehra and Durga Puja Festival

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Navratri Vijayadashami Dussehra Durga Puja Festival

This festival of Navratri (Nine Nights) is celebrated for Goddess Durga across the country. This is the festival of nine days and nine different forms of Maa Durga are worshipped during all nine days. The tenth day of Durga pooja is known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. This nine days long festival has started from 13th October and will conclude on 22nd October 2015.  In these nine days devotees offer prayers in traditional ways and worship Maa Durga for prosperity and happiness in their life. Diwali always comes 20 days after Dussehra festival. Vijayadashami is one of the important festivals of Hindus and celebrated across the country. It symbolizes the victory of goodness over evil. This special festival is also celebrated in the neighboring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

On Dussehra, the victory of Maa Durga celebrated by killing Mahishasur the demons king. Also on the same day, Lord Ram defeated the demon king Ravana as described in the epic Ramayan. This nine days long festival has different colors and celebrated differently in different states. Durga Puja pendals are decorated with idols of Durga in almost all cities. People buy wear new clothes and exchange sweets with relatives. In Gujarat, people celebrate this festival differently. They organize special Garba dance, the celebration of Navrati where both boys and girls perform dance on different devotional and folk songs of Gujarat. Garbha is very popular in Gujarat and even other states of India and Indian communities living around the world. During those nine days of Navratri devotees eat one time food during night after giving prayers to Goddess Durga. Navrati foods are available in various hotels, restaurants throughout the 9 days of celebration, even it is very popular among youth. These days are considered purest and people avoid eating non-vegetarian food, onion and garlic.

In these 9 days, people worship Lord Rama and organize the Ramleela drama, the story of the Ramayan. On the Dussehra night, the fairs and large parades with effigies of demon king Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanad are burnt to mark the victory of Lord Ram. Special functions are organized to enjoy the festivities. People organize different pooja session and garbha nights to enjoy this nine days long festival and make it special for all. This special festival is not limited to one region, state or city, but you can witness the festival mood and spirit across the country. No state is untouched with the special flavor of this important festival be it Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi with Navratri colours. In the eastern states like West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Manipur the festival is mostly celebrated as Durga Puja or Dusshera.

Vijayadashami is also widely celebrated in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. This is also referred as the auspicious day to begin new business, buying new house, new vehicle and starting something new with the blessings of Goddess Durga.

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Goddess Durga’s Nine Days Festival of Navratri

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On the festival of Navratri every Indian are involved in the religious prayer to the Goddess Durga. The Sanskrit phrase ‘Navratri’ stands for nine nights in English which referred to the nine days festival of Maa Durga. The next day (tenth day) of end of the Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami. Dussehra is an official holiday and widely celebrated across the all the states of India. For this year Navratri starts from 25th September to 3rd October 2014 with nine day long spiritual fast and prayer for the worship of Goddess Durga’s blessings.

Dussehra festival refers to the victory of Goddess Durga by defeating the demons king Mahishasur on this day. Also on the same day Lord Rama killed Ravana the ten-headed demon king as per the epic Ramayana. It is celebrated with great enthusiastic and fun with the family members. Special arrangements are created at various cities of India with the mood of the cultural function for entertainment. This auspicious day is keeping the faith of the best day to start business, education, home and new start-up as good time. Every year after twenty days from Dussehra the festival of lights ‘Diwali or Deepawali’ will be celebrated.

Navrati comes 5 times in a year which known as Vasanta, Ashadha, Sharad, Paush or Magha Navratri. Out of the above the Sharad Navratri and the Vasanta Navaratri are important festival for celebrations. Sharad Navaratri referred to Durga Puja is called Maha-Navaratri which is celebrated during beginning of winter ‘Sharad’ (September – October month). Vasanta Navaratri which referred to Ram Navami is celebrated during beginning of summer ‘Chaitra’ (March – April month). Vasanta Navratri marks the starting of the Hindu New Year as mythological lunar calendar. Other 3 Navratri are less importance for festival of the celebrations.

The celebration of Navrati has special ‘Garba’ dance in which both boys and girls perform nine nights with dance devotional songs of Maa Durga. This dance is most famous in India and Indian communities living the US, UK, Canada, Singapore in the world. The Navratri fast is observed for nine days without eating any foods during the day time. People take one time food during night after prayers to Goddess. Special kind of Navrati foods is available in the hotels, restaurants during these nine days. Eating of onion and garlic and non-veg foods are strictly avoided for entire days of Navaratri.

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