Amidst the excitement and colours of Navratri and the intoxicating beats of Dandiya Raas and Garba, my heart travels back to the fun filled times when my evenings were spent singing and dancing to the various folk songs such as ‘Ailama Pailama Ganesh Deva…’
As the Ashwin month of Hindu calendar sets in, India comes alive with auspicious pujas and the nights are vibrant with lights, music, and life! In today’s times Navratri resonates with the clicking of the Dandiyas and the beautifully coloured Garba pots or the mystical Durga pujas with the swirling and graceful dances. But there’s yet another folk tradition that is typically celebrated during Navratri.
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India these last few days is alive with auspicious pujas and its the nights are vibrant with lights, music, and life! Navratri, the festival which is celebrated with such pomp and zest in India, is the festival that venerates various forms or avatars of the divine feminism which is the representation of positive celestial energy.
Sharada Navratri, a nine-day long festival (Nav = Nine and Ratri = Nights), of which each day is dedicated to the worship of different forms of Shakti (the primordial feminine principle), is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October. Continue reading Navratri: Veneration of the Primordial Feminine Principle