PHOTOS | Durga Puja 2020 celebrations around India

The word Navratri translates to 'nine nights'. In most of the parts of India different forms of the goddess, Maa Durga, are worshipped during these nine nights-- Shilaputri, Brahmacharni, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandama, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidatri. On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees across the country worship Goddess Mahagauri, the eighth avatar/form of Goddess Durga. This year, COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the festivities as there is a huge decrease in the number of devotees arriving at the temple for offering prayers. Temple authorities are adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The festival is popularly and prominently celebrated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and the southern state of Karnataka.

Updated On Oct 24, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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Lucknow: “Kumari Puja” at Ramkrishna Math Nirala Nagar. (Dheeraj Dhawan/ Hindustan Times)
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Lucknow: “Kumari Puja” at Ramkrishna Math Nirala Nagar. (Dheeraj Dhawan/ Hindustan Times)

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Lucknow: “Kumari Puja” at Ramkrishna Math Nirala Nagar. (Dheeraj Dhawan/ Hindustan Times)
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Lucknow: “Kumari Puja” at Ramkrishna Math Nirala Nagar. (Dheeraj Dhawan/ Hindustan Times)

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Lucknow, India-October 24, 2020: ‘’ Kumari Puja ‘’ during covid-19, at Ram Krishna Math, Nirala Nagar Lucknow, India, Saturday, 2020. (Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)
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Lucknow, India-October 24, 2020: ‘’ Kumari Puja ‘’ during covid-19, at Ram Krishna Math, Nirala Nagar Lucknow, India, Saturday, 2020. (Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)

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Lucknow, India-October 24, 2020:Devotees at Durga puja ‘’ Sandhi Puja ‘’ during covid-19, at Sundarbagh Lucknow, India, Saturday, 2020. (Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)
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Lucknow, India-October 24, 2020:Devotees at Durga puja ‘’ Sandhi Puja ‘’ during covid-19, at Sundarbagh Lucknow, India, Saturday, 2020. (Dheeraj Dhawan/Hindustan Times)

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Gurugram, India-October 24: A priest offers prayers to Hindu deity Durga during the Durga Puja festival organised by Axomiya Welfare society at Community Centre in Sector 46, in Gurugram, India, on Saturday, 24 October 2020. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 06:10 PM IST

Gurugram, India-October 24: A priest offers prayers to Hindu deity Durga during the Durga Puja festival organised by Axomiya Welfare society at Community Centre in Sector 46, in Gurugram, India, on Saturday, 24 October 2020. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

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