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Happy Navratri - [Sept. 28th - Oct. 5th 2011]

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:02pm | IP Logged
In collaboration with the Crazy Creatives. I would like to thank the Crazy Creative team for giving me this opportunity to create a thread for Navratri. I want to give a special thanks to Radha who has helped me the most in getting this thread started. With her permission only I have opened up this thread today.
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Navratri is a very important Hindu festival celebrated in India, which is devoted to Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated with great reverence and faith across the country. It stretches over a period of nine days, with each of the nine days being dedicated to one of the nine forms of the Goddess. Talking about the history of Navratri festival, it can be explained through the stories mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. The history of this festival varies from region to region. Here is how the different parts of India describe this festival.
North India
The legend in North India goes that Mahishasura, the mighty demon, worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained the power of eternity. Soon, he started killing and harassing innocent people and set out to win all the three lokas. The gods in swargaloka appealed to Lord Shiva, to find a way to get rid of the demon. To protect the world from the atrocities of Mahishasura, the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created a divine female warrior, known as Goddess Durga. Mahishasura, when he saw the divine beauty of Goddess Durga, got mesmerized.


So fascinated was Mahishasura by Goddess Durga's beauty that he approached her with the intention of marriage. The goddess agreed to marry him, but put forth a condition - Mahishasura would have to win over her in a battle. Mahishasura, proud as he was, agreed immediately! The battle continued for 9 nights and at the end of the ninth night, Goddess Durga beheaded Mahishasura. The nine nights came to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijayadashmi, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over evil.

Eastern Belief
As per the legend prevalent in East India, Daksha, the king of the Himalayas, had a beautiful and virtuous daughter called Uma. She wished to marry Lord Shiva, since her childhood. In order to win over the Lord, she worshipped him and managed to please him as well. When Shiva finally came to marry her, the tiger-skin clad groom displeased Daksha and he broke off all the relationships with his daughter and son-in-law. One fine day, Daksha organized a yagna, but did not invite Lord Shiva for the same.

Uma got so angry at her father's rude behavior, towards her husband, that she decided to end her life by jumping into the agnikund of the yagna, where she was united with eternity (since then, she came to be known as Sati). However, she took re-birth and again won Shiva as her groom and peace was restored. It is believed that since then, Uma comes every year with Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Laxmi and two of her best friends or 'sakhis', called Jaya and Bijaya, to visit her parent's home during Navratri.

Another Legend - Ram and Ravana
Yet another legend of Navratri relates to the Hindu epic Ramayana. It goes that Lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga in nine aspects, for nine days, in order to gather the strength and power to kill Ravana. He wanted to release Sita from the clutches of powerful demon king Ravana, who had abducted her. Those nine nights became to be known as Navratri and the tenth day, on which Lord Rama killed Ravana, came to be called Vijayadashmi or Dusshera, signifying Rama's (good) triumph over Ravana (evil).

Information Adapted from:
http://festivals.iloveindia.com/navratri/navratri-history.html

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Navratri is a festival of many vibrant colors. The cuture of India is shown through the beautiful outfits that are worn by both the ladies and the guys. The colors of India can be seen through them. It is a festival of noise,fun, entertainment, and pure happiness. The crowds go crazy! It is such so much fun dancing and going crazy all night! A night of chaos is what Navratri brings every year! So much fun & games, so much interaction, & so many cute/hot guys & girls every year. LOL



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1) How do you celebrate Navratri every year?
2) Are you a bigger fan of Garba or Dandiya?
3) Does your family do anything special during the 9 day festival? Like fasting or anything of the sort?
4) Do you look forward to this festival every year?
5) What is the best part of Navratri for you?
6) Have you ever celebrated Navratri with any celebrities?
7) Is there a difference when it coems to Navratri in India & Navratri in the US/Canada/other countries?
8) Your favorite part of the festival?
9) Your favorite Navratri song if you have any?
10) What has been your most memorable Navratri & why?

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Here's wishing all of the members of India Forums a very happy Navratri. Hope you all have a splendid one.



-Cutiepie Rani & The Crazy Creative Team-



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awsome post. very knowledgeable. happy navratri to everyone.

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Very informative thread.


Lakshmi ka Hath ho,

Saraswati ka Sath ho,

Ganesh ka niwas ho,
 aur maa durga ke ashirwad se

Aapke jeevan mai prakash hi prakash ho'.

Happy Navratri to everyoneHug







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Nine days of celebration; Nine days of fasting.

Nine ways to worship; Nine days to pray
 
Nine days of Devotion; Only way for Nirvana!!
 


 


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Nice Post Big smile

And Happy Navratri to AllBig smile...Navratri is such a Awsum Festival...I speacially like the Garba And dandiyaLOL...YO!! Wink LOL

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"Sarva Mangala Maangalye,
Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike.
Sharanye Tryamba Ke Gauri,
Naaraayani Namostute."


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Good post Rani Thumbs Up

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Thank you for this thread Thumbs Up I wish everyone the happiest of Navratris Big smile

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