The auspicious occasion of celebrating the joyous Navratri festival is here. The nine-day long festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars, which are worshipped each day. Largely there are five known types of Navratri falling in a year, out of which Sharad Navratri or Shardiya Navratri is the most significant one.
Devi is worshipped during these nine days across the country, and it is this time when people are dressed in their colourful best. Navratri starts on the pratipada or first day of the lunar month of Ashwin. The dates of Navratri vary each year depending upon the Hindu Lunar calendar.
Sharad Navratri is considered to be the most important one and is also called Maha Navratri. Because it is celebrated during the sharad period i.e. Beginning of winter time so it is referred to as Sharad or Shardiya Navratri also. This form of Navratri takes place during Sharad Ritu.
The practice of worshipping the mother goddess and the legend behind it varies from place-to-place because India is a diverse land and so is our culture.
Jai Mata Di!