Navaratri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights
in Sanskrit; Nava – Nine and Ratri – nights. The festival is celebrated for nine nights twice every
year during mid-March and the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are
determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day
less depending on the calendar.Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different
aspects of the supreme goddess.
On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy
all our impurities, vices and defects.The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of
spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the
inexhaustible wealth.The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess
of wisdom, Saraswati. During Navaratri, devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for
the protection of health and property.
A period of introspection and purification, Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time for
starting new ventures. On the tenth day of October Navaratri,the holiday of Dussehra an effigy of
Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.