Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Durga. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. Navratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, Navratri is celebrated with much fervour by fasting on all nine days and worshiping the Mother Goddess in her different forms.
The last four days of Navratri take on a particularly dramatic form in the state of West Bengal in eastern India where they are celebrated as Durga Puja. In the Punjab, the first seven days are for fasting and on the eighth day, the devotees break their fasts by calling young girls home and offering them food and gifts as these girls are treated as the goddess herself. In the state of Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance, devoted to Goddess Shakti. In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as Golu. During Dussehra, the effigies of King Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and Prince Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good over evil forces (Lord Rama’s victory over King Ravana).
Perform the 9 puja’s for the 9 different forms of Goddess Shakti during Navratri with easypuja.