India is a land of festivals with diverse cultures, religions and languages united solely by their desire to stay as one. Among the many Hindu festivals that are celebrated here, the worship of the supreme holy Goddess or Shakti, the divine creative energy, is the main one. The Goddess is celebrated in two forms. In the western and northern parts of India, She is mainly celebrated as Goddess Amba or Durga and the festival concerning Her is called Navratri. The eastern region consisting of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Tripura worship the holy mother as Goddess Durga and celebrate Durga Puja.
Navratri literally means the festival of nine nights which falls in the lunar month of Ashwin. The celebration takes place for nine nights and nine days with a lot of vigour and enthusiasm. The tenth day is called Dussehra which is marked by burning a large effigy of the demon king Ravana who signifies evil. The nine days of this festival are dedicated to nine forms of the Goddess. They are Durga, Kali, Amba, Gauri, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani and Tara. Traditional dances like Garba and Dandiya are a favourite part of this festival. Women wear different colour dresses that symbolise each of these special days, namely red, royal blue, yellow, green, gray, orange, white, pink and sky blue. Some people also observe a fast for the first few days, drinking only milk. They break their fast on the eighth day or ashtami after performing kanya puja.
The Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal and adjoining states for ten days in the month of Ashwin and has a lot of festivities and pomp attached to it. The festival starts on the day of Mahalaya which marks the beginning of Devi Paksha or the fortnight of the Goddess. The next is the first day of the puja but the actual celebrations start from the fifth day onwards and continue till Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day. During these days, it is believed that the Goddess Durga leaves Her husband Lord Shiva for a few days and comes to Earth to Her paternal home with Her four children, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Saraswati and Lord Kartikeya. The Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura who was considered undefeatable. Kumari Puja and Sandhi Puja are important parts of this festival.
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