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October 10 - October 18
Based on dates in the lunar calendar, Navratri is a nine-night, ten-day festival that takes place in the fall celebrating the Hindu goddess Durga. Navratri (“nava ratri” literally means “nine nights” in Sanskrit) is one of the most popular and important festivals in India, and is celebrated with great gusto, especially in Western India, in the state of Gujarat, and in Mumbai.
Each night is devoted to a different manifestation of Durga, the female embodiment of the divine or godhead according to the beliefs of the Shakti sect of Hinduism. Durga is all-powerful, beautiful and fierce, the Great Divine Mother in the pantheon of deities, who spends her time inspiring followers through acts of contrition and by battling demons. Celebrations are held across India, which each region adding its own distinct flavor and rituals to the multi-day event. Processions, dancing, and temple offerings are common to each, all with the end goal of celebrating the divine within each of us and achieving a greater happiness in life by following the cycle of change Durga endures. (“Durga” after all means “the remover of life’s miseries” in Sanskrit.)
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