Dress up, Devote yourself to the supreme Goddess and Dance to the hilt - for Navratri!

Navratri – literally translated to ‘the nine nights’ – is one the most important religious festivals of Indians and Hindus. Celebrated with great devotion and fervor, Navratri – the splendorous festival of 9 auspicious nights – is dedicated to the Goddess Shakti or the highest female power. Worshipped in great many ways among various sub-cultures in India, this Hindu festival has myriad associations and interpretations. Be it Vaishno Devi or Durga Ma or Ma Ambe – people, even non-Hindus, have great love and faith for all-powerful and sacred Indian Goddesses – and thus, these wonderful deities are worshipped with ardent love, during Navratris.

This 9 day celebration is also a dedication to the universal feminine power - and the amazing ability of women to create new life. That is why, the super popular folk dance of Gujarat – Garba – is integrally linked with Navaratris or Nauratas. The word Garba has been derived from the Sanskrit word Garbha (the Uterus) – which is clear allegory to the female reproductive system or the ability to give birth. There are other folk and traditional associations with Navratri – like wearing and buying new clothes, hosting kanjaks (or worshipping pre-pubescent girls, as a pure symbol of Goddess Durga), Durga Pooja (celebrated with great fanfare in Bengal and Eastern India) and other dances like Dandiya and Raas.

People celebrate Navratris with great dedication twice a year. New traditional clothes are bought; some people even wear new Indian outfits every day during the 9 day time. Gifts are given to kids, especially girls and new brides and other women in the family. Jewelry and other expensive stuff is also bought in this time, as it is considered a happy and planetary auspicious period. Sarees are the most loved outfit of women in Navratris and colors like reds, pinks and orange, saffron are preferred – as they are said to be the Devi’s favorite colors. Many people avoid wearing black during this time. Since there is a close association of the Chaitra Navratri or the Badi Navratri with the harvest time and spring equinox – mustard yellow and green colors are also worn. During Sharadiya Navrtari – celebrated in the latter half of the year – women love to wear Chaniya Choli or Navratri lehenga Choli – as this is the time when Garba and Dandiya are in full form.

Navratri festival comes twice in a year -

Chaitra Navratri

The festival that is celebrated in the first half of the year – in the Chaitra Hindu month – is the Summer Navratri or the Chaitra Naurata. It begins with the first day of the Hindu Lunar Calendar every year – and its beginning coincides with regional festivals like Gudi Padwa, Cheti Chand and Ugadi. This time is also the transitional time between Spring and Summers – and of starting new crop. That is why, ‘Khetri Beejan’ or ‘sowing the new seeds’ is an important part of this celebration. This is popular in North India – where people sow wheat on the first day of the 9 days’ time frame, and by the 9th day, when saplings are out, they harvest them, offering them to the Goddess and her symbols – Kanjaks. Fasting is a common ritual associated with Chaitra Navratri – and the fast is broken on the 8th or the 9th day – after the Kanya Poojan or the Kanjak Pooja.

Sarees and Salwar Suits in holy colors are worn during this time. Gorgeous Indian outfits for little girls are bought by parents. Marriage related shopping is also done at this time. Many women also buy their bridal lehengas and wedding sarees and dresses in this time. You too can get Navratri special sarees and latest Navratri Indian outfits – from anywhere in the world – with Buying Online for latest Navratri Collection is a great way to access trendiest Indian fashion with 100% convenience and at competitive prices.

Sharadiya Navratri

The winter navratri or the second chapter of the Nauratas is called as the Sharad Navratri – as it falls in the Sharad month of the Hindu year. This Navaratri is better known, as it is celebrated with a lot of fanfare, dance and music – and folk dances like Garba, Dandiya and Raas. It is believed that this Navratri is an ode to the youth and womanhood of the feminine power – and the Goddess - hence the celebration and all the dancing. This too is an extremely happy period – right after which the annual wedding season begins. People shop heavily for Navratri lehenga Cholis and wedding-wear during this time as well.

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