Shardiya Navratri - 17th October - 25 October
Navratri – The Worship of Devi
Navratri is a nine-day long festival that is dedicated to the worship of the nine forms of Devi, the female divine energy. It is believed that when demons had started inflicting great torture on the world the Gods created a Goddess to kill them and bring relief to the people. They endowed the Goddess with their attributes and sent her to destroy the demons. In the state of West Bengal and other parts of North-east India the festival is known as Durga Puja which begins on the sixth day of the Navratri festival. In Gujarat people do the garba and dandiya dances to worship the goddess. During the festival people throughout the country keep fasts and read the holy book Durga Saptshati. The celebrations conclude on the tenth day when the idol of the Goddess is immersed with dance and music. This day is also celebrated as Vijaydashmi or the day when Lord Ram killed the demon Ravan.
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