Navratri is one of the most significant Indian festival devoted to the goddess. It is largely celebrated in all over India by different ways and names with lot of devotion and festivity, for e.g. in South India, generally people keep fast or vridham during these nine days and do not consume non vegetarian food. Whereas in Bengal where Durga Pooja is one of the main festival, some non-vegetarian dishes are also made.
Navaratri signifies the victory of truth over evil and inspires everyone to follow the path of truth, righteousness and dharma. It reminds us all that in the end truth always wins.
We Keralites, celebrate this festival with a difference.On the day of Durgashtami, a ceremonial occasion is performed in the evening. And owing to this ceremony any work related to studies are put off and books are kept away in the feet of Goddess Saraswati. On the third day of Saraswati Puja, children aged 3 to 5 years are taken to the temples where they are introduced with the alphabets before the image of Goddess of learning and speech. They are made to write for the first alphabets on the rice or sand.On the tenth day of Navratri, also known as Dussehra, astatue of Ravana is burnt and crackers are burst to celebrate the triumph of good over evil
In Tamil Nadu and some parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, women arrange ‘BommaiKolu’, “bommai” means dolls and “Kolu” means displaying. The dolls decorated with flowers and ornaments, are placed on a specially prepared steps. Generally the steps are in odd numbers. The first few steps are filled with dolls of deities. The next couple of steps are dedicated to various religious saints of the world. The next consecutive steps are filled with wooden that reveals the talent of the lady of the house. The last step is generally done by the little children and comprise of their toys and small theme works
Most famous recipes eaten in Navaratri from North and South part of India are the Coconut rice, prepared from basmati rice and grated coconut, another favourite pics are the sugiyaan, coconut shake, idli, dosa, tomato rice, rasam and vadas.
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