|Date||16th Oct 2012 TUESDAY to 23rd Oct 2012 TUESDAY|
Navarathri is the nine-day festival dedicated to the Mother Goddess 'Sakthi', and it is celebrated in the month of September/October. Nava means "nine". Since the Sakthi pooja is offered for 9 nights, the festival got the name "Navarathiri Pooja."
The 9 days of pooja is segregated into 3 parts, and each parts contains 3 days. The first 3 days of pooja is for Sri Durga Devi to destroy all evils and our impurities, the next 3 days of pooja is for Sri Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and the final 3 days for Sri Saraswathi, the Goddess of wisdom and learning. To have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity.
Navarathri is a period of fasting. During this vowed religious observance, a pot of nine grains (seeds of Navathaniyam are put into a pot and watered) is installed at a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti.
One of the customs during Navarathri is the kolu; dolls called kolu bommai are placed in the centre place of the house and decorated. They are displayed to depict various stories in the epics and puranas. Also, gifts of coconuts, clothes, and sweets are exchanged to visitors coming home to take part in the celebration.
The nine days of Navarathri festival ends with the tenth day festival called Vijayathashami. On the Vijayatjashami day, all the 3 deities are kept together and worshiped to complete the Navarathiri pooja.