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Updated October 2005
Navratri - The Hindu Festival
by Manish Gajjar
Hemantbhai Chauhan
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The final days of Navratri belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire spiritual knowledge.



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7th - 9th day of Navratri

These final days belong to Saraswati Maa who is worshipped to acquire the spiritual knowledge. This in turn will free us from all earthly bondage.

But on the 8th and 9th day of this colourful festival, yagna (holy fire) is performed as a farewell gesture to all the Goddesses.

Ghee (clarified butter), kheer (rice pudding) and sesame seeds form the holy offering to Goddess Durga Maa.

Navratri rituals during the daytime
The Mandir  (Holy Shrine)
Prasad and flowers adorn the mandir ( the holy shrine).

During the day of the Navratri period, devotees of Durga Maa celebrate with pooja (prayers) and fasting for health and prosperity.
Prasad (holy gifts) in the form of coconuts, clothes and Indian sweets are offered.

Flowers and garlands adorn the Godly images which are placed in a mandir (special shrine) in each household.
Garbo ceremoniously placed near the shrine..

During these nine days, an attractively created colourful clay pot with a ‘diya’ (light) is ceremoniously placed near the shrine of the Goddess. This is call a ‘garbo’.

The ‘garbo’ symbolises the human body, while the ‘diya’ represents the soul or ‘atma’.

According to the Hindu religion, these various attributes contribute to the spiritual development of the individual.

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