Navratri 2017 – This Year Enjoy Navratri Festival in Gujarat Style
India is a land of diverse cultures. With several cultures come various festivals and Gods. One such festival that is celebrated almost throughout the country is Navratri. This is actually the nine nights that devotees worship Maa Durga’s nine incarnations. Navratri is celebrated in its full colors in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and in many other states but if you really want to witness few different aspects of Navratri 2017 then you should head towards Gujarat – “The State of Gujjus”.
The talk of Gujju festivals would be incomplete if these nine auspicious nights are not talked about. In Gujarat, you can see the big Pandals – established here and there on the streets. Where beautiful idol of Maa Durga is placed and worship until nine days of Navratri and after the aarti, people participate in Garba dance and Dandiya dance. Here, the main highlight of Navratri is the dance that is done, Garba. People from all over the country come to Gujarat to be a part of its Navratri. In Garba, everyone just claps their hands and revolve in a big circle. The dance form is very simple as people do it solely to enjoy and express their joy.
The nine days are divided in the group of three Goddess. First three days are devoted to Maa Durga, the killer of devils. This is primarily done to symbolize humanity. The second group of three Goddesses is devoted to Mata Lakshmi – “The Goddess of Wealth” and the last three Goddesses are devoted to Mata Saraswati, who blessed the people with wisdom.
Navratri is also celebrated to celebrate the fertility of the soil and monsoon harvest. The soil is worshipped and watered all nine days. Worshipping goes on all nine days and then at tenth-day Vijayadashami is celebrated. On this day, vehicles are worshipped and buying a vehicle is also considered to be auspicious.
Sharad Navratri 2017 Dates:
According to western calendar, generally, Sharad Navratri falls in the month of September or October every year. Below we have mentioned when Navratri is starting and on which date, it is going to end.
Starting Date – September 23, 2017
End Date – September 29, 2017
If you are planning to be a part of this Navratri in Gujarat, then check the nine dates of Sharad Navratri 2017 and then plan you trip. During this time, you can take a visit to some Goddess temples, which are Bahuchara Mata Temple, Kalika Mata Temple Pavagadh, Chamunda Mataji Chotila. At the same time, you can also visit the best attractions of the state like Somnath temple, Dwarkadhish temple and Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar.