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Updated October 2005
Navratri - The Hindu Festival
by Manish Gajjar
Gurba performed by men
The 'Gurba dance during Navratri Festival

During the nine days of Navratri, feasting and fasting take precedence over all normal daily activities amongst the UK based Hindus.

Evenings give rise to the religious dances in order to worhip Goddess Durga Maa.

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1st - 3rd day of Navratri
     
Shri Durga Maa
Durga Maa: The Goddess of Shakti and Power.

These initial days are dedicated to Durga Maa, the Goddess of power and energy.
Her various manifestations, Kumari, Parvati and Kali are all worshipped during these days.
They represent the three different classes of womanhood.

These include the child, the young girl and the mature woman.
4th till 6th day of Navratri
     
The Navratri Diya
The Navratri 'diya'

During these days, Lakshmi Maa, the Goddess of peace and prosperity is worshipped.

On the fifth day which is known as Lalita Panchami, it is traditional to gather and display all literature available in the house, light a lamp or 'diya' to invoke Saraswati Maa, the Goddess of knowledge and art.

 
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