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Reema Bhalla Sep 25 2014

What are the best Navratri 2014 celebrations in Gujarat?

Etti Bali Sep 25 2014
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Navratri 2014 promises to be a flamboyant affair. The last quarter of the year brings with it a barrage of festivals, and Navratri is one of the most popular ones. The festivities begin with the establishing of the Akhanda-Deep.

Puja Decorations (by Swaminathan)

The 9-day festival that celebrates the Mother Goddess, Durga, in all her forms commences this year on 25 September and will culminate in a grand celebration on 3 October.

Navratri celebrations in Ahmedabad (by narendramodiofficial)

While Navratri is celebrated in different forms across the country, Gujarat is famous for its splendorous celebration. The Navratri celebrations at Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Bhuj are most famous.

Traditional dances (from the official Gujarat Tourism Navratri facebook page)

Navratri is a time of festivities when people dress up in their best traditional attire to celebrate. For all 9 nights of the Navratris, music reverberates through the air as people do the dandiyaraas and garba, which is referred to as raas.

Garba player (from the official Gujarat Tourism Navratri facebook page)

The origins of raas, it is believed,date back to when Lord Krishna used to enchant the villagers with the sweet music of his flute. It is believed that whoever faithfully hears the raas attains Krishna's loving devotion.

Sri Krishna (by Garry Knight)

Tribal women in Balaram and Ambaji, located close to Ahmedabad, celebrate this festival with their famous traditional dance. The Ambaji Temple is one of the most revered temples in Gujarat. During Navratri, following the ritual prayers, dances are performed in the temple’s forecourt. Navratri 2014 promises to be a truly vibrant celebration in this region.

Celebrations at Ambaji Temple (by anurag agnihotri)

Another highlight of the festivities is the lip-smacking food, prepared in the traditional vrata style. Special care is taken while preparing these delicacies as the people who observe a fast can only eat Sattvik food. Some famous delicacies include sabudana khichri, kuttu parathas, singoda kheer, dudhi halwa and many more.

Sabudana kheer (by Miansari66)

Tourists can plan a trip to Gujarat and enjoy the festivities. Devotees can even opt to go to the various Shakti Peethas such as Pavagadh, Ambaji and Bahuchraji, which are located near Mehsana District. Vadodara, the cultural capital of the state is easily accessible by railways and airways. Navigation in and within cities is easy, with the availability of many bus service providers.

Raas (from the official Gujarat Tourism Navratri facebook page)

Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Navratri 2014. Do share your comments and pictures of your Navratri celebrations with us.

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