Celebrating purity and power; the winning of good over evil, if we walk through the doors of the past to the present and if we continue the path to the future we’ll always be fighting evil and hoping for the good to overshadow the bad. This is what Navrartri is mainly symbolizing;
Navratri is a nine nights, 10 days festival that is celebrated in all India and its form of devotion to the goddess of purity and power; Goddess Durga.
The dedication to purity and love for spreading the good and destruction of the evil is reflected in dancing for nine consecutive days with colorful traditional Indian outfits and excitement roaming in each corner in every city & home in India.
You can feel the unity of people all coming together with an equal purpose of worshiping the goddess and supporting the good.
The origin of this festival started when Mahishasura who was a worshiper of lord Shiva had grown into a spiteful demon that created a spree to kill innocent people.
To stop his activities the three forms of goddess Durga united to fight his destruction and evil actions. Goddess Durga entered into a war with Mahishasura that lasted for the period of nine days and on the tenth day, Goddess Durga ended the war by beheading the demon, Mahishasura. These nine days to save the universe from destruction signify the Navratri festival.
Another story was that Lord Rama venerated Goddess Durga for nine days to attain the power to vanquish Ravana. On the tenth day, Lord Rama killed Ravana, when idols of Ravana are burnt in most parts of our country.
Different stories are heard about how this festival started, but they all come from the same core of supporting the good.
Either you’re a Hindu or not, whether you believe in this legend or not. You will definitely have this feeling of purification after attending this festival; especially on the last day when the demon is burnt and you feel that the evil in this world can vanish in one way or another.
The legend’s happy ending gives hope for all the unfinished wars and fights that are going in the world; it represents how the good will always win and the innocent people will eventually be free, they will survive and live to celebrate their freedom and gaining their rights. Their stories will pass though their children and will be celebrated for years to come.
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