One of the most important festivals in India, Navratri is considered as the beginning of the Hindu new year and is observed with sheer joy and devotion.
It is celebrated for 9 days continuously across the country with different rituals and traditions.
Here are the 5 must-visit places to experience the divine goddess power:
1. Kalighat, Kolkata:
One from the 52 Shakti peeths of India, Kalighat is dedicated to goddess Kali. Situated on the banks of Hooghly River, this place exudes a powerful magnetic aura.
2. Devi Sharda Temple, Maihar:With 1063 steps, the temple of Maa Sharda is atop the Trikoota hill in Maihar. A city drenched in spirituality and holiness, this attracts millions of devotees during Navratri.
3. Maa Danteshwari Temple, Dantewada:Dedicated to Devi Danteshwari, this place is believed to be the site where a tooth of Goddess Sati fell. Located amidst the dense jungles of Bastar, Navratri is celebrated with an elaborate procession and great fervour here.
4. Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur:One of the oldest temples not only in Kolhapur but also in India, it is dedicated to the goddess of virtues, wealth and fortune – Mahalakshmi. This city is named after the demon Kolhasura, who was defeated by the goddess in an intense war.
5. Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke:Located 30 km away from Bikaner, Deshnoke has a temple dedicated to Karni Mata. She is believed to be an avatar of goddess Durga. It is also famous as the “Temple of Rats”. One can find hundreds of holy harmless rats roaming around in the temple.
So this Navratri, take your family out for a blessed vacation and awaken the inner ‘Shakti’ at these temples.