India in Festive Mood: Navratri starts today

New Delhi: The festive season starts today with Navratri. Nation is grip of a festive mood.  The Indian surgical strikes in PoK have added zing to the festivities. Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of goddess Durga. Popularly celebrated across India and Nepal, Navratri is celebrated for nine nights and 10 days, during the course of which people worship the nine forms of devi Durga. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. Twenty days after Dussehra, Diwali — the festival of lights — is celebrated by the people. Navratris, therefore, mark the beginning of a festive season that people look forward to throughout the year.

There are, in total, five types of Navaratris — Vasantha Navratri (around March-April), Ashad Navratri (around June-July), Sharad Navratri (around September-October), Pausha Navratri (around December-january) and Magha Navratri (around January-February), but Sharad Navratri is celebrated with a lot more fervour and excitement than the others. One of the popular variations of the festival is Durga Puja, which is celebrated by Bengalis around the same time of the year.

In South India, people celebrate by making dolls and figurines and exhibiting them in local competitions and at homes and is popularly called Bommai Kolu.