Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival which is solely dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. Derived from ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, hence ‘Navratri’ signifies nine nights of celebration, during which nine forms of goddesses are evoked and worshiped.
The festival as we are familiar is about victory triumphing over evil and Chaitra Navrati which coincided with Guddi Padwa this year is commenced with a traditional ritual called the
Ghatasthapana. Chaitra Navratri falls in the month of Chaitra and so it is termed as ‘Chaitra Navratri’.
To be continued...