Navratri 2017: Festival of nine nights begins

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A child devotee offering prayer during the three-day Chadhi Yatra ahead of Navratra festival, at Parmandal, about 25 km from Jammu. (PTI)

A child devotee offering prayer during the three-day Chadhi Yatra ahead of Navratra festival, at Parmandal, about 25 km from Jammu. (PTI)

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Chaitra Navaratri, nine-day Hindu festival is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Chaitra Navaratri, nine-day Hindu festival is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

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Navratri is auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar. It starts from 28th March 2017 and end with Ram Navmi on 5th April. (Narinder Nanu / AFP)

Navratri is auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar. It starts from 28th March 2017 and end with Ram Navmi on 5th April. (Narinder Nanu / AFP)

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A girl looks on as she sticks a coin on the wall of a temple on the first day of Navratri festival in Jammu. (Mukesh Gupta / REUTERS)

A girl looks on as she sticks a coin on the wall of a temple on the first day of Navratri festival in Jammu. (Mukesh Gupta / REUTERS)

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It is believed that people offer prayers to one of the nine forms of the goddess on each of the nine days. (Nitin Kanotra / HT Photo)

It is believed that people offer prayers to one of the nine forms of the goddess on each of the nine days. (Nitin Kanotra / HT Photo)

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Durga Puja and Ram Lila form significant parts of the Chaitra Navaratri celebrations. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Durga Puja and Ram Lila form significant parts of the Chaitra Navaratri celebrations. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

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Devotees offer prayers inside the historical Kali Mata Temple on the first day of the Navratri festival in Jammu. (PTI)

Devotees offer prayers inside the historical Kali Mata Temple on the first day of the Navratri festival in Jammu. (PTI)

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During these nine days, devotees fast and observe strict adherence to religious discipline. (PTI)

During these nine days, devotees fast and observe strict adherence to religious discipline. (PTI)

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Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers for the Navratri Festival at the Mata Longa Wali Devi temple in Amritsar. As people observe fasting and meditation during these nine days, they also maintain a generally positive, calm and peaceful demeanour, aided by the strictly vegetarian diet followed these nine days. (Narinder Nanu / AFP)

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers for the Navratri Festival at the Mata Longa Wali Devi temple in Amritsar. As people observe fasting and meditation during these nine days, they also maintain a generally positive, calm and peaceful demeanour, aided by the strictly vegetarian diet followed these nine days. (Narinder Nanu / AFP)

UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2017 08:55 AM IST
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