Happy Navratras

Today there is a lot of mess in my room as it is getting white washed but due to my earlier commitments with myself. I am some how managing to write down the BYBS. Despite of the routine cleanings the whole house is being white washed or thoroughly cleaned once in a year in the festive season of Navratras.

This festival of Navratras has great importance here in India. Usually it falls from 30 September to 08 October in a year. The festival of Navratri (nav stands for nine and ratr means nights) lasts for 9 days with three days each devoted to worship of Goddess Durga (the Goddess of Valor which is taken as a symbol of end of evil), Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Saraswati (Minerva), the Goddess of Knowledge. During the nine days of, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the Hindus. Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worship Goddess Durga.The 7th – 8th days belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire the spiritual knowledge. This in turn will bless us with wisdom . But on the 8th day of this colourful festival, yagna (holy fire) is performed. On the last day, the festival of Navratri culminates in Mahanavami. On this day Kanya Puja (Nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped.) is performed. The following image is of the card we received from the ancient heritage temple of Simla Kali Bari. Happy Navratras.

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