Caution: This post contains lot of pictures and matter. ;-)
Girls, It's that time back again.... ^_^ The season of festivals is back again and I can feel the festivity in the air. Coming up next (13th - 22nd October) is Navratri. "Nav" means nine and "ratri" means nights. It's a festival of nine nights and ten days. Tenth day is celebrated as "Vijyadashmi" - Victory of Good over Evil.
Navrati is a time for joy and celebration. As soon as the last month of the Hindu year begins, festivities signaling the beginning of the New Year also begin. For the first nine days of the bright half of the month of Aso, devotees celebrate Navratri by fasting and dancing around a murti of the Goddess Shakti, recalling her victory over evil. Shakti is also known as Amba, Ambica, Bhavani, Chamunda, and Durga.
Mahishasura, an asura, received a boon that he would never be killed by a human. Mahishasura wreaked havoc in the three worlds, which greatly worried Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Durga manifested on this Earth to vanquish Mahishasura. Indra Dev, Vishnu Bhagwan, and Shiva each gave their weapon, respectively, the vajra, the chakra, and the trishul, to Durga. She fought for 9 days. On the 10th day, she defeated the evil Mahishasura. Hence, the 10th day is known as Vijayadashmi.
There are many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian festivals. All of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and her various forms. It is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu calendar, it holds special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in the zeal and fervor of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of the season. Dandiya and Garba Rass are the highlights of the festival in Gujarat. It's the longest Dance Festival celebrated especially in Gujarat and wherever Gujaratis are in all over the world.
At this time the markets in my city are full of Colorful Chaniya cholis, dandiya, jewellery and so many other items. Here are few pictures to show you all the joyful environment around me now a days.
Photo Credit: Google and to whom so ever it may concern.
For nine nights, devotees dance and celebrate the festival with devotion. Many women fast to celebrate Mataji’s victory over evil. On the 10th day, a puja is performed of Shakti Mataji’s clay murti. Devotees take the murti to a body of water. Here, they sing bhajans and perform folk dances while chanting divine mantras. Then, they submerge the murti in the water.
Now, let's have a look at the manicure I did which is inspired by a colorful traditional Navratri chaniya cholis. And I just love it so much. I don't want to take it off.
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and doing this manicure. More Navratri special manis are coming up. So stay tuned and stay connected.
See you soon with another mani.
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