Navratri

The festival season in India during the Sept-Oct-Nov period is pretty intense. You have all sorts of festivals lined up. Just after the Ganesha Chaturthi, we now have Navratri and Dusshera. And a few weeks later, the festival of lights- Diwali would be celebrated across India. I have been a bit busy the whole month with my college assignments and submissions. The pictures in this post are the ones I managed to click in a neighborhood “pandal”. These were taken in the evening low light, a perfect setting to check how my camera performs during such conditions.

Moving on, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia on what Navratri actually means as a festival to India and the people here.

Navratri (Hindi: नवरात्री, Gujarati: નવરાત્રી, Bengali: নবরাত্রী  Marathi: नवरात्री ) is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskritnava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms ofShakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.” Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated with great zeal all over India.

This festival corresponds to a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily by the ethnic Chinese of Min Nan linguistic group in Southeast Asian countries like MyanmarSingaporeMalaysiaThailand and also the Riau Islands called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

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Goddess Durga

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Goddess Durga (Sanskrit: दुर्गा), meaning “the inaccessible” or “the invincible”; durga) is the most popular incarnation of Devi and one of the main forms of the Goddess Shakti in the Hindu pantheon. (Source: Wikipedia)

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I wished to capture a full view of the Diety but couldn’t as the security didn’t allow me in.

Hope you’ll liked.

Stay blessed,

Shreyas.

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