Festivals

Festivals

 

Navratri

The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. The 2 times symbolise harvest and sowing times in the predominantly agrarian economy of India. The beginning of autumn is celebrated by Navratri or 9 nights when people celebrate the Goddess Durga (Amba in Gujarat). 9 nights go away in a trance as people celebrate by dancing the Garba and the Dandiya dances. While travelling through Chapter I, you can be a part of this party – one that lasts the night long and is bigger than the biggest discotheque that you would have seen.

Dussehra

Hindu mythology has always involved a story of Gods and Demons. Dussehra is a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. The Dussehra festival has two legends behind it. According to the first, it is said that Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed a ten headed demon, Ravana who had abducted his wife and detained her in his abode called “Lanka”. The word Dussehra can be broken down into two Sanskrit words viz “Dasha” and “Hara” which mean “ten” and “defeat” respectively. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the lunar month of Ashvin i.e September-October. As per the second legend, Goddess Durga killed a demon called Mahishasura on this day which again signifies triumph of good over evil. You will celebrate this while travelling through Chapter II.

 
 

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