The Navratri festival also known as Durga Puja have started in India. It is one of the major festivals in Hinduism. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
There will be nine nights of festivities where the nine forms of Durga will be worshipped. The tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra (also known as Vijayadashami).
You will find Pandals or stages where decorated statues of the Goddess will be worshipped. Durga Puja celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga (Shakti) over the demon called Mahishasura.
It also signifies the beginning of the autumn season. On day 10, Lord Ram also killed Ravana so his effigy is burnt to celebrate Dussehra.
Here’s a time line of the Navratri celebrations in India
Saturday October 08 Maha Saptami
Sunday October 09 Durgastami
Monday October 10 Navami of Durga Puja
Tuesday October 11 Dussehra
In Gujarat, “Garba” a form of dance are performed around the statue of Durga.