Loading

downarow22
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

Did You Know Navratri has changed… And how!

gmail

Over the years Navratri has dramatically changed, so much so that some feel, it doesn’t resemble anything close to the original form. Until few centuries ago when India was mostly an agrarian society, the way Navratri was celebrated was pure and simple. Three things marked the celebrations: a) fasting, b) worshipping and c) celebrating.
Devotees used to fast in varied forms – by way of eating less, not eating at all, absolving from eating grains, or having only specific fruits. Worshipping was the second thing that devotees across the erstwhile ‘akhand bharat’ used to do. Worshipping idols, portraits, and even dancing and worshipping around earthen pots (garbha, or womb) as it is regarded as the source of life. Celebrating the victory of good over evil is another aspect of Navratri that cuts across religious lines, be it Vaishnav Hindus or Shaiv Hindus.

downArow

navratri

Image Courtesy: food.ndtv.com

The most popular form of Navratri known to Indians is the ‘Garba’ or ‘dandiya’ played in Western and Eastern India. But not many would know that dandiya was played in the olden days to enact the fight between Maa Durga and Mahishasur, the buffalo demon. In those days, Navratri was celebrated amongst small groups of villagers who would gather during evenings and position an earthen pot with lamp inside in the midst of an open ground. Fold singers used to sing praises to Goddess Durga and recount her strength and valour in killing the demon king who had defeated Gods. Today, there are very few who can remember the original thought process – rather today’s devotees tend to get in to ghetto to play Dandiya on Filmi music. Says Sujata Subramanian, a resident of Mumbai: “The latest ‘innovation’ is silent Navratri with ‘revellers’ (and not necessarily devotees) donning a headphone which plays music right into their ears.”

Navratri-Garba-Dance

Image Courtesy: indiamarks.com
Did you know

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate Navratri as Golu, and they celebrate by displaying dolls as they are a symbol of feminine power.
In Mysore, district of Karnataka decorated elephants are taken out in a procession. The streets are colorfully decorated. The royal deity of Mysore, Chamundi is worshipped on this day. Computers, books, vehicles, kitchen tools are worshipped on the 9th day.
In Kerala, in the last three days, books are worshipped.
In Delhi, the Navratri celebrations are characterised by the Ramlila plays that take place over the city.
In the northern and western states, the festival celebrates the battle and victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana. In both cases, the festival celebrates the victory of the good over evil.
In Punjab, Kanya puja is done on the 8th day of the festival before breaking the fast. These girls of prepubescent age are offered puris, chana, halwa, and red scarves.
In Maharashtra the 10th day is considered auspicious for starting a new business, buying a house, etc.

Besides, did you know that depending on the region, different forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped around Navratri

1. Durga, the invincible
2. Bhadrakali, the auspicious and fortunate
3. Amba or Jagdamba, mother of the universe
4. Annapoorna, the giver of food
5. Sarvamangala, the giver of joy all around
6. Bhairavi, the terrifying
7. Chandika, the violent
8. Lalita, the beautiful
9. Bhavani, the giver of life

  • Comment - 0
  • Share -
    img

Comments

Your email address will not be published.

related articles

  • regional
    Celeb couples who celebrated Karwa Chauth this year

    From Cricket to Television actors, here’s a look at some well-known couples who celebrated Karwa Chauth while you were busy arranging the thalis and.. Read more
    0
    0
  • entertainment
    Chit-Chat Around Durga Puja This Year

    This time of the year devotees are seen standing in long and serpentine queues to get ‘darshan’ of their favourite deity – Maa Durga. But it is .. Read more
    0
    0
  • regional
    Most Celebrated Pujo In The East, Durgu Pujo – set it in the form of music, dance, paintings

    It’s that time of the year again – we are surrounded by festivities and one of the biggest one Durga Pujo.But today’s Pujo and earlier forms of .. Read more
    0
    0
  • entertainment
    5 Regional Language Movies From Mumbai Film Festival No Cine Buff Should Miss

    Are you a film addict? Go beyond Bollywood this time and check out India’s diverse regional language cinema! From Marathi to Manipuri, Tata Sky is b.. Read more
    0
    0
  • regional
    A Novel Way To Impress The deities – Tata Sky Blog Buster

    Meet the Bengali folk art that’s over 200 years old! In this series of Bengali folk art articles, we bring you an art form that’s, well, 200 years.. Read more
    0
    0
  • entertainment
    Bauls Music & Santhal Dance: Intangible Heritage of Bengal

    If you aren’t a fan of the Bauls yet, you will soon become one. Durga Puja is here, and celebrations devoted to Goddess Durga are in full swing. Mee.. Read more
    0
    0
  • entertainment
    Basudev Das Baul’s performance & Know Santhal from themselves – Tata Sky Blogbuster

    Say hello to the original Bengali rock stars – Bauls. #RecallBengal. A musical instrument, from a gourd! Also, a Bengali legend has it that the .. Read more
    0
    0
  • entertainment
    10 Must Watch Malayalam Movies On A Sunday Afternoon

    The lazy Sunday morning brunch has disappeared and has re-emerged in the form of a food coma. You have about three to four hours of sloth time before .. Read more
    0
    0
  • regional
    9 Times Bollywood Showed Us How To Flaunt Your Style For Navratri

    Navratri has all of us stressing about nailing the perfect look. Amidst all the frenzy and shopping, take a minute, or nine, to look at 9 outfits that.. Read more
    0
    1
logoblog

Subscribe to our newsletter

Show us your love by hitting the 'subscribe button'
and we'll send the latest in entertainment, straight to your inbox.