The festival of Navratri is celebrated with great pomp in India. Navaratri is a big festival of 9 days in which the worship of Goddess Durga is performed with great celebration. Navratri is a Sanskrit word in which 'Nav' means nine days and 'night' means night. In India, the festival of Navaratri is celebrated very extensively for 9 days. Vijayadashami or Dussehra is celebrated on the last day of Navratri festival. According to Ramayana Lord Rama killed Ravana on this day. For this reason people in all the mohallas and big plains celebrate this festival with joy by burning huge effigies of Ravana. During the Navratri festival, Names of 9 forms of Mata Durga are - Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri, Siddhidatri. The festival of Navratri is celebrated 5 times per year. Navratri festival is celebrated as Vasant Navaratri in Chaitra month according to Hindu calendar which falls in the month of March according to the calendar of modern era. The ninth day of Vasant Navaratri is celebrated as Rama Navami.
Similarly Gupt Navratri is celebrated in the month of June-July. This day is also known as Gayatri Navratri. Sharad Navaratri is celebrated in the months of October and November which according to Hindu calendar is known as Ashwin month.
Paush Navratri is celebrated in the month of Pausha of the Hindu calendar, which falls in the months of December and January. Finally Magh Navaratri is celebrated in the month of Magha during the months of January and February.
During Navratri festival, devotees fast or keep fast once a day by eating food or some people drink fruits or just water. There are many colors and forms of different Navratri in India. Dussehra festival is also considered to be in some place on Navratri.
In many places in North India, Kanyapujan is also performed during Navratri on the ninth day of Navratri. In this puja, 9 little girls are worshiped as nine forms of the Mother Goddess and are also given pudding puris sweets and food.
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