Navratri The Nine Day Festival


Navratri is a Hindu festival that is celebrated every year for nine nights. During these nine nights, the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

The nine incarnations of Goddess Parvati that are worshipped during these days are: Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri.

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Navratri Dandiya

It often ends with the Dussehra celebration on the 10th day. Some people celebrate these holy nine days by fasting, some celebrate by dancing, and some celebrate by holding an elaborate feast. On each day of Navratri, a special color is worn that is dedicated to a Goddess.

Goddess Shailaputri is the Goddess of Mountains and stands for warmth and ebullience, Goddess Brahmacharini stands for purity, inner peace and security to a person, Goddess Chandraghanta stands for passion and love, Goddess Kushmanda stands for flamboyance and elegance, Goddess Skandamata stands for optimism and joy, Goddess Katyayani stands for serenity and sense of growth, Goddess Kaalratri stands for balanced emotions, Goddess Mahagauri stands for great wealth, and Goddess Siddhidhatri stands for compassion and solicitude.

In western India, Navratri is celebrated with famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dances. Both of these dance forms are performed with grace and finesse, during these dances the women and men wear beautiful and bright colored clothes, and dance with full enthusiasm and energy.

In Eastern India, Navratri is celebrated in the form of Durga puja. Devi Durga is shown with various weapons in her hand, riding a lion. The Lion represents dharma, while the weapons represent the focus needed to destroy our ill-mentality and negative thoughts.

In South India, Navratri is celebrated by inviting family and friends over to look at the Kolu, which is essentially an exhibition of various dolls and figurines. At the end, Navratri is all about reconnecting with our divine and powerful Goddess.

Here’s a Navratri special mandala art for you.

Things required for this mandala art:-

1. A4 size sheet 

2. Black marker

3. Compass

4. Pencil

5. Colors

How to make this mandala art:- 

1. With the help of a compass make three to four circles, one after another. Now from the lower part of the pattern draw an outline of a woman holding dandiya sticks in her hand.

2. Now start filling each circle with various layers of mandala designs, inside the first circle I have drawn a layer of long petals filled with lines, in the middle circle I have used a combination of long and tomb petals, and in the last circle I have drawn long petals inside which I have used a fusion of lines and pollen designs.

3. At the end with the help of black marker darken all these patterns, and then paint the woman with the colors of your choice.

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