Navratri 2017 Live Updates: The festival of Navratri, celebrating the triumph of good over evil is here and with that people across the country are have started commemorating the 9-day event. During these 9 days, devotees worship the nine different avatars of Goddess Durga with special offerings and traditional rituals. While this Hindu festival is starting from September 21, ie today, it will culminate on September 29. This is one festival that is celebrated with much vigour and passion in most parts of the country. The name Navratri refers to the nine auspicious nights during which nine forms of Goddess Durga – Goddess Shailputri, Goddess Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Goddess Kushmanda, Goddess Skandmata, Goddess Katyayani, Goddess Kaalratri, Goddess Mahagauri and Goddess Siddhidatri are worshiped by Hindus. People also observe the festival by participating in Dandiya and play Garba songs to keep up the Navratra mood.
Here are Navratri 2017 Live Updates of the day’s events as they take place-
5:56 PM: Ramlila is inacted for nine days and on last day, festival comes to end when Rama ‘kills’ Ravana with his bow,by burning effigies of Ravana and his brothers Meghnad and Kumbhakaran.
5:39 PM: In northern part of the country, in Navratri, ‘nav’ meaning nine and ‘ratri’ means night. The ferstival is observed to celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana.
5:05 PM: In these parts of the country, The first day of the festival, Mahalaya, begins with remembering Ma Durga.
4:45 PM: In eastern and north-eastern part of the country, the celebration is referred to as Durga Puja. It is believed, that Goddess Durga battled with demon Mahishasura and defeated him.
4:30 PM: Even as core reason behind the festival is the same, which is victory of good over evil, stories behind them differs.
4:15 PM: It is belived that Deva Paksha starts after the completion of Pitrapaksha.
4:00 PM: On occasion of Mahalaya Amavasya, people worship and offer food and clothes to their dead ancestors.
3:45 PM: On last day of Pitra Paksha Mahalaya Amavasya is observed.
3:30 PM: Pitra Paksha is observed for 15 days before the start of Navratris.
3:15 PM: While, there are four seasonal Navratris,the one that is observed post-monsoon, Sharad Navratri, is considered the most auspicious of all.
3:00PM: People across the country gear up for the nine-day festival with new clothes, decorations, dances and fasts.
2:45 PM: Dussehra will be on September 30.
2:30 PM: While Ashtami will fall on September 28, Navami will be on September 29.
2:15 PM: As per Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated in the month of Ashvin, which mostly falls in September and October.
2:00 pm: The festival of Navratri is celebrated in different ways in various parts of the countries and is one of the most awaited festivals of the year.
1:55 PM: In the following days, the nine forms of Maa Durga will be worshipped and the tenth day will be celebrated as Dussehra.