Navratri 2022: How the festival is celebrated in different parts of the country
Navratri 2022: From Durga Puja in Eastern India to Navratri in Western India, here are the ways by which the festival is celebrated all across India.
Navratri 2022: The festive season is here. All over the country, Navratri is celebrated with a whole lot of grandeur and pomp. From Navratri to Durga Puja, the festival has many names but only one intention – to have a blast with colours, festivities, food, happiness and watch people return to their homes to be with their near and dear ones. Navratri, which literally translates to nine nights, is the celebration of ten days and worshipping of goddess Shakti. Durga Puja, on the other hand, worships the homecoming of goddess Durga from Kailash Parvat to her maternal house with her four children – goddess Lakshmi, goddess Saraswati, lord Ganesha and lord Kartik.
India is known for its unity in diversity and even though this festival is celebrated all across the country, in the different states, it has different names and rituals. Merging the individual traditions and mythologies, Navratri sees different celebrations all across the country. Let’s have a look at how Navratri is celebrated in the different parts of the country:
North India celebrates the triumph of lord Rama over Ravana. It also celebrates lord Rama’s homecoming to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile with wife Sita and brother Lakshman. The festival is observed with sweets, food items. Women keep fast to offer their puja and bask in festivities at night.
In Eastern India, mainly West Bengal and the North-East, Navratri is known as Durga Puja. People celebrate goddess Durga’s triumph over Mahishasura. Women deck up in colours of white and red, and the cities are decorated with lights. People enjoy the inception of the festival from the day of Mahalaya to the day of Bijoya Dashami, when the idols are immersed in water and the wait for the next year begins.
In West India, especially in Gujarat, Navratri is one of the main festivals. Women keep fast during the day to worship Goddess Shakti. They decorate their homes and visit the nearby temple. At night, large functions of Garba – the traditional dance of Gujarat – is organised where men and women dance with dandiyas.
One of the main attractions in South India during Navratri is the kolu – the exhibition of various dolls and figurines placed in front of the homes. It comes with various names across the Southern states of India. In Karnataka, kolu is referred to as Bombe Habba, while in Tamil Nadu it is called Bommai Kolu. Kerala refers to it as Bomma Gullu, while in Andhra Pradesh it is called Bommala Koluvu. People engage in big processions and celebrate the triumph of good over evil.