From North To South, East To West, Same 9 Days Of Navratri And How Differently They Are Celebrated In India

by Mallika Khurana
From North To South, East To West, Same 9 Days Of Navratri And How Differently They Are Celebrated In India

Navratri, translating to “Nine Nights” in Sanskrit, is an enchanting festival that captivates the hearts of millions across India and beyond. Celebrated with fervour and devotion, Navratri is a tribute to the divine feminine energy, with the goddess Durga taking centre stage. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil, particularly the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. But what makes Navratri truly special is its diverse tapestry of celebrations, with each region weaving its own unique threads of tradition.

Celebrations In Different Parts Of The Country

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Gujarati Navratri

In the vibrant state of Gujarat, Navratri is synonymous with the rhythmic whirl of Garba and Dandiya Raas dances. The streets and venues come alive with vibrant colours as people dressed in traditional attire join hands in joyous dance. 

Durga Puja In Bengal

For Bengalis, Navratri takes the form of the grand Durga Puja, a festival that transcends religious boundaries. Elaborate and artistic idols of Goddess Durga grace intricately decorated pandals (temporary structures). The highlight of this celebration is the immersion of these idols in rivers or lakes on the last day, Bijoya Dashami.

North Indian Navratri

In North India, Navratri is celebrated with deep spiritual devotion. Devotees visit temples and participate in traditional rituals, often conducted by priests who recite sacred verses. 

Kolu In South India

Down south, especially in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Navratri takes a unique form known as Kolu. Homes are adorned with elaborate displays of dolls and figurines arranged in tiers, showcasing cultural themes and mythological stories. 

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Exploring The Delectable Navratri Cuisine

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Navratri isn’t just a festival of devotion and dance; it’s also a celebration of culinary creativity. These dishes not only satisfy the taste buds but also adhere to religious and dietary restrictions. 

1. Sabudana Khichdi

This delightful dish is a favourite during Navratri fasting. It’s a flavourful and satisfying dish that’s both filling and nutritious.

2. Singhare Ke Atte Ka Samosa

Samosas are a beloved Indian snack, and during Navratri, they get a makeover. Instead of the usual wheat flour, these samosas are made with water chestnut flour (singhara atta). 

3. Kuttu Ki Puri

Buckwheat flour (kuttu atta) is a staple during Navratri fasting. Kuttu ki puri is a deep-fried bread made from this flour. 

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4. Fruit Chaat

A refreshing fruit chaat is a must during Navratri, especially on days of fasting. 

5. Makhana Kheer

Makhana, or fox nuts, are a popular fasting ingredient and this kheer is a delicious way to end a meal.

6. Thalipeeth

This multigrain pancake is a speciality from Maharashtra and is a favourite fasting dish. 

Fasting-friendly Drinks: To stay hydrated and refreshed, people enjoy beverages like buttermilk (chaas), fresh fruit juices, and a special concoction known as ‘sabudana sherbet’.

Whether you’re fasting or not, Navratri food offers a feast of flavours that tantalise the senses and add to the festive fervour.

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