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Navaratri begins

10 October

Navaratri begins today! Navaratri is the festival of nine nights and it is celebrated in a variety of ways throughout India. Some devotees fast and others feast. Some revere the Mother Goddess or different aspects of her, while others revere avatars of Vishnu, particularly Lord Rama.

The Navaratri is celebrated as the Durga Puja festival in West Bengal. It is the most important annual festival to Bengali Hindus, and a major social and public event in eastern and northeastern states of India. Each day of the festival represents a different aspect of the Goddess.

All across India, the Navaratri festival has been an important occasion for performance arts, particularly folk dances and Hindu temple dances such as Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. Major palaces, community centers and historic temples have embedded dance halls where devotional songs and dances and spiritual discourses are presented.  In fact, sometimes Navaratri is called the Hindu festival of dance.

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10 October
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