‘Navratri’ meaning ‘nine nights’ is a significant Hindu festival, which is celebrated twice a year – ‘Chaitra’ or ‘Vasant Navratri’ (March-April), and ‘Sharad Navratri’ (October-November). Both the celebrations center on the worship of Goddess Shakti. These nine days have great religious significance as Goddess Durga, which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). Maa Durga the divine mother had destroyed the evil force (in the form of the demon Mahishasura) during this period.
This festival is a symbol of women’s power to destroy the evil and safe the society and religion from these evil forces. This festival is celebrated with true devotion and purity all over the country. People from various sections of the society irrespective of caste and creed celebrate this festival by visiting temples and offering pujas at the Mother’s feet.