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Now as the Navaratri begins, quite a number of communities are involved in making preparations for upcoming religious ceremonies.
Nava-ratri are literally two words–first nava which is a Sanskrit word that means NINE and ratri means NIGHTS.
Nine Nights of Puja (rituals) and Celebrations. Though the Deity that is worshiped is same Devi Durga (Goddess of Power), but it takes different celebration in different communities and groups.
For the Gujrati Community Navaratri means Garba (Traditional Dance festival); for Bengali Community the Durga Puja is all the most important; for Punjabi Community nine day Sthapana (bringing the idol home and doing the rituals) of the Goddess. Same is for Jaipur, for nine whole days the Goddess is worshiped in almost every hindu household. On the ninth day a feast is prepared and nine girls that symbolically represent the Nav-Rupa (nine-forms) of the Goddess are invited and offered food and gifts.
It is much more confusing to be there in the middle of these festivals and almost COMPULSORY celebrations, than what I’ve tried to write above.
Honestly, the celebration fever here is so high and so infectious that I bet if anyone can resist.. This is the time that the city witnesses the most heavy tourist traffic.
The markets are going colorful.
The houses are repainted.
The temples are being decorated.
The deities are smiling.
The ladies are busy making traditional festival sweets & savories.
The news papers and magazines are trying to compile best recipes for the festive season.
Everyone seems necessarily happy.
Well, the list is tooooo long. I can’t write in one post, look for my upcoming posts. Also I’ll be trying to bring some pics of city’s celebrations colors. As India is nothing without its colors and surely nothing without its CELEBRATIONS…..
Have a Happy Day!