MahaNavami: Hindus celebrate Durga Puja with much fervour

Durga Navami is an Indian festival that is celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri and the fourth day of Durga Puja.

Maha Navami, also known as Durga Navami, is an Indian festival that is celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri and the fourth day of Durga Puja. This year, Maha Navami is being observed on October 7. Believed to be the day when Durga defeated the evil Mahishasura, the Navami rituals begin with a mahasnan and a shodashopachar puja.

Bollywood celebrities are also geared up for the upcoming festivities. Kick-starting the celebrations, actor Kajol was seen with mother Tanuja, sister Tanishaa and cousins Sharbani and Samrat Mukerji at a Durga Puja pandal in Mumbai. The Fanaa actor looked striking in a red ensemble from Maisara.

We like the kurta and palazzo set the actor chose for shoshti celebrations, which she accessorized with signature chandbalis. Neatly pulled back hair, minimal makeup and red lips completed the traditional look

Mahanavami, which marks the final day of the long drawn battle between goddess Durga and demon king Mahishasura, is the ninth and last day of the Navaratri festival. It is believed that the Goddess defeated the demon king on the 10th day or Vijayadashmi.

Other forms of Shakti or goddess Durga that are worshipped on the occasion of Maha Navami are Saraswati (the Goddess of wisdom, arts and literature), Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and Parvati (the divine mother). Maha Navami celebrations in India vary from state to state, but the underlying reason for celebration remains the victory of good over evil.

The ninth day of Navratri is also celebrated as Ayudha Puja in states like Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka among others and various instruments are worshipped on this day.

Durga Navami is often considered as a resting day and people in various states prepare for the grand celebrations of Dussehra or VijayaDashmi.

Durga Navami is also the day or Ayudha Puja, Saraswati Puja and Kanya Puja in different Indian states.

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