India's Navratri Festival

Navratri commences on the first day of the fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin and is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. Navratri is celebrated twice a year during the spring and autumn seasons and symbolises the triumph of the forces good over evil. Feasting and fasting takes over normal life for millions of Hindus during Navratri, the festival of nine nights.

The final set of three days is spent worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to attain over all success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. – Photo by AP
The final set of three days is spent worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to attain over all success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. – Photo by AP
The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. – Photo by AFP
The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. – Photo by AFP
Navarathri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba. – Photo by AFP
Navarathri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba. – Photo by AFP
The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. – Photo by AFP
The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. – Photo by AFP
Hindu devotees pray during the Navratri Festival at the Mata Longa Wali Devi temple in Amritsar on October 5, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Hindu devotees pray during the Navratri Festival at the Mata Longa Wali Devi temple in Amritsar on October 5, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Hindu devotees read a copy of the
Hindu devotees read a copy of the 'Durga Stuati' during prayers for the Navratri Festival, at the Mata Longa Wali Devi temple in Amritsar. – Photo by AFP
The eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami, which is especially revered in Bengal and Bihar. – Photo by AP
The eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami, which is especially revered in Bengal and Bihar. – Photo by AP
Navratri is celebrated twice a year during the spring and autumn seasons and symbolises the triumph of good over evil. – Photo by AP
Navratri is celebrated twice a year during the spring and autumn seasons and symbolises the triumph of good over evil. – Photo by AP
During the next set of three days Lakshmi, the Mother, is venerated as a deliverer of spiritual wealth, who is considered to have the power of bestowing upon her devotees inexhaustible wealth, since she is revered as the goddess of wealth. – Photo by AFP
During the next set of three days Lakshmi, the Mother, is venerated as a deliverer of spiritual wealth, who is considered to have the power of bestowing upon her devotees inexhaustible wealth, since she is revered as the goddess of wealth. – Photo by AFP
During the first three days of the festival it is believed that the goddess is separated as a spiritual force called Durga, also known as Kali, in order to destroy all human evils as well as to bestow blessings. – Photo by AFP
During the first three days of the festival it is believed that the goddess is separated as a spiritual force called Durga, also known as Kali, in order to destroy all human evils as well as to bestow blessings. – Photo by AFP

Comments (23) (Closed)


gautam
Oct 08, 2013 09:04am

Jai Mata Di.

Indian
Oct 08, 2013 12:10pm

What a nice gesture.. Thanks Dawn... A suggestion, please include a few of Dandiya and Garba pics next year too, for these danceforms are an integral part of Navratri :)

MOHAMMAD AMIR
Oct 08, 2013 03:08pm

good one.

Reality
Oct 08, 2013 08:42pm

Something is seriously wrong with this preoccupation of Dawn with these Hindu celebrations and their depiction on this media. Is there nothing else worthwhile going on in the world to put up.

ramesh
Oct 08, 2013 08:51pm

@MOHAMMAD AMIR: thanks amir for liking this. pakistan needs tolerant people like u. thanks once again

abid
Oct 08, 2013 09:54pm

Please remove these pictures of idols from our Islamic republic newspaper and please refrain from posting these in future. Thank You.

Sikander Abbas
Oct 09, 2013 12:29am

What is the history behind this festival?

Akil Akhtar
Oct 09, 2013 03:32am

We should not be promoting idol worshipping and It has nothing to do with tolerance.....

Omar Mukhtar
Oct 09, 2013 05:36am

Shows how pagan the Hindu religion is. Why do we need to display these images?

vishal --Sialkot---Delhi
Oct 09, 2013 09:39am

Great one Dawn---------The newspaper lives to its secular credentials...I don't know whether any other newspaper in South Asia has the same credentials

tholan
Oct 09, 2013 09:47am

this shows maturity of DAWN.

Fraoukh Bhatti
Oct 09, 2013 04:05pm

Why does God reveal Himself to Hindus, albeit as a multi-limbed Godess, but hides Himself fro us Pakistani Muslims? Is it another message? ;)

Raveesh Varma
Oct 09, 2013 05:26pm

Very nice pictures; thank you for posting these. For some of the posters here, please keep things within perspective. This is how one-sixth of the people of this world do things, whether you like it or not. Your co-religionists have tried 9/11, and so much more, without changing the views of the "others" (of any religion, nationality, whatever) by as much as an iota. This is how things will continue in this world, and really it is a good idea that you cease being outraged by it.

Kamal
Oct 09, 2013 06:08pm

Pakistanis You expect tolerance from Hindus in India. Same thing is expected from you also.

Be tolerant, Be loving.

Kamal India

Akhil
Oct 09, 2013 07:24pm

@Sikander Abbas: The Devas(angels) and Asuras(demons) often wage wars against each other. In one such war, Rambha(a demon) was killed by Indra.As Mahishasura(Rambha's son) grew up, he came to know how his father died. He collected a band of loyal soldiers and started terrorising Heaven. He invaded heaven, defeating Indra, and drove all the Devas out of heaven. Thus his revenge was complete.The Devas formed a conclave to decide how to defeat this invincible asura. Since he was invincible to all men, they created his nemesis in the form of a young woman, Durga .She combined the powers of all the devas in a beautiful form. After that, she marched against the demons on her mount, the Lion.Mahishasura, upon hearing about her, sent his army to defeat and capture her. Durga killed all of the demons and challenges Mahishasura to a one-to-one fight. After nine days of fierce fighting, Durga finally manages to kill the powerful Mahishasura on the tenth day of the waxing moon. Therefore, those 10 days are celebrated by hindus as Durga-Puja.

Akhil
Oct 09, 2013 07:33pm

@Akil Akhtar: What about hindus in pakistan? Wouldn't they like to see their festivals being recognized this way? If yes, shouldn't you be happy to see that this news paper is doing a good job of giving them a some representation?

John
Oct 09, 2013 08:22pm

@Omar Mukhtar: why is islam inherently hateful, towards one and all ? idols are symbolic in nature & it depicts a rich and colorful culture.

Rationalist
Oct 09, 2013 08:50pm

@Omar Mukhtar: Shows how ignorant you are. Why do you need to display your ignorance?

k k tiwari
Oct 09, 2013 10:09pm

hates off to Dawn , for true secularism very rare in pakistani journalism

subrata sen
Oct 09, 2013 11:45pm

@Reality : something indded seriously wrong in you..with your talibani mindset.. its visible...

Shahryar Shirazi
Oct 10, 2013 01:41am

Congrats to the Hindu community. I'd also like to congratulate Dawn on their secular approach towards editing. This news paper was founded by Mr. Jinnah, the founder of the nation. He wanted people of all faiths to live side by side in peace and harmony. Too bad he died early on and left the country at the mercy of parasites.

manish rohera
Oct 10, 2013 02:39am

@Sikander Abbas: This festival is celebrated for victory of Maa Durga(Amba) over demon king mahisaura navratri as the name suggest is a festival of nine days in our part that is Gujarat Garba the folk dance of the state is famous during this and West-Bengal is famous for Durga Pooja similarly in North the tenth day Dushera is celebrated for victory of Rama over Ravana where his effigy are burnt I hope next time team of Dawn include some of the photos of Garba and Durga Pooja you will be pleasantly surprised to see the aesthetic beauty of both the festivities during Navratra.

Indian
Oct 10, 2013 10:37am

@Sikander Abbas: Dear Sikander, Navratri literally means nine nights and this festival is celebrated to celebrate the female energy that balances this world. Each day of navratri is dedicated to one of the many forms that a woman has within herself. Be it that of a small girl, mother, lover, fierce protector, everything. This festival is about celebrating womanhood :)

To the haters in this thread, learn to appreciate the diversity that this world has to offer. Come out of your cocoon of "religion" to experience the vastness of "faith". Yes, Hinduism is a paganistic religion, and we are damn proud of it that it has survived centuries of invasion and what not to remain what it is. Happy Navratri to you too. Ma aap sabko sad-buddhi dey :)