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Maha Navami celebrated with full devotion, celebrations in Tripura, Bengal, Assam : Bijoya Dasami knocking doors
TIWN Oct 7, 2019
Maha Navami celebrated with full devotion, celebrations in Tripura, Bengal, Assam : Bijoya Dasami knocking doors
PHOTO : Maha Navami puja celebrated at Durga Bari. TIWN Pic Oct 7, 2019

AGARTALA, Oct 7 (TIWN): People across Tripura’s every corner are celebrating joyously the Durga Puja on Maha-Navami (also known as Navratri). At the marquees and the households worshiping the Goddess, people 'Partook Bhog' (community feast of food items offered to the Goddess first), comprising a varied spread from 'luchis' (deep fried puffed bread) to 'khichuri', vegetable items, to fish and even mutton. Navratri, the nine nights Hindu festival is observed every year in October. The ninth day of Navratri is celebrated as Navami and holds a special significance. It was on Navami that Goddess Durga annihilated the buffalo demon Mahishasura and veered off his head. It symbolises the victory of good over evil. During these nine days, devotees observe fast to pay respect to the Goddess. Navratri will culminate on the tenth day with Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra on October 19. Ram Navami, Basanti Puja or the spring navaratri is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha that is bright phase of moon in the month of Chaitra that is in between the month of March – April as per traditional Hindu calendar.

However, on the ninth day of the celebration Ram Navami is observed. However, it is also called as Ram Navratri.

This festival of nine nights in Hindu religion is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati and is takes place during the spring season there it is also known as Spring Navaratri or Basanti Puja.

In some regions the nine days are dedicated to the worship of Lord Ram and includes the reading of Ramayana and observance of Ramayan week.

The popular belief is that Goddess Durga was worshipped Navratri and Durga Puja was held in the Chaitra month and it was known as Basanti Puja.

The Basanti Durga Puja is celebrated in the spring season.

According to Mythology, Basanti puja started in prehistoric times when the Indian saints started celebration of the festival in this season for peace.

At that time the goddess had asked the saints to worship her in the form of Kumari or virgin who later grows to mother and hence this ritual started.

It is believed that King Surath and Samadhi Vaishya met Medha Muni while they were wandering in the forests after losing their kingdoms. Medha Muni suggested to them to perform Basanti Durga Puja to get back their lost kingdoms.

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