The Sindhi community in India and around the world is all set to celebrate the Navratri. The festivities include fasting, puja, singing Bhagats and playing dandia.
Vadodara, Gujarat, India
The Sindhi community in India and around the world is all set to celebrate Navratri festival with religious fervor in a joyful way from Monday September 26. The festivities will continue for nine days till Dasahro on October 5, one of the grand annual events, and the culmination point of Navratri.
During the Navratri celebrations, the Sindhi community will organize different events including singing of Bhagats while the youths along with their families will play dandia daily till late in the night. As usual, the people will observe fasting during the day and hold puja sessions in the evening.
The Navratri literally means nine nights and is an autumn festival celebrated from the last week of September to the first week of October.
The Sindhi community of Gujarat state of India actively celebrates Navratri and Dasahro and this time they are more excited to celebrate as the festival is falling after two consecutive years of restrictions due to Covid-19. However, this time too, the community will ensure measures to avoid Corona cases.
Navratri celebrates the killing of the demon Mahishasura and the victory of good over evil. The story begins with Lord Brahma blessing Mahishasura with the gift of immortality because of his immense dedication to him. However, the boon came with one condition – the only person who would be able to defeat him would be a woman. The demon didn’t believe any woman would be powerful enough to defeat him and started terrorizing people on Earth. Gods weren’t able to stop him. Therefore, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva combined their energies to create the goddess Durga, who would destroy Mahishasura. They equipped her with several weapons. The battle between Maa Durga and Mahishasura lasted ten days. However, when he finally turned into a buffalo, Maa Durga was able to defeat him.
Devotees worship the nine avatars of Maa Durga during the nine-day Navratri festival, seeking their blessings. Each day of Navratri is associated with an incarnation of the goddess. People observe ritualistic fasts, chant shlokas dedicated to each goddess, wear new clothes, offer bhog, and clean their homes during these nine days. They pray to the goddess and seek her blessings for a prosperous, happy, and fulfilling life.