Derived from the Sanskrit language, Navaratri means ‘nine nights’. Nava means nine and Ratri, nights. This auspicious festival, when people visit temples to pray to Goddess Durga, is celebrated joyfully, with great fervor across the country. The dawn of Navaratri also begins the preparation for another widely celebrated festival, Diwali (or Deepavali, or Dipavali). Diwali is one of the significant festivals of Hinduism celebrated to epitomize the triumph of the good over evil; the light, also known as ‘diyas’ signifies the good over immoral. It also means the victory of knowledge over ignorance.
Navaratri is celebrated in different styles in different parts of India. People in the northern part of India celebrate the festival by offering prayers to the Goddess Durga. In Gujrat, the devotees can be seen performing Garba, while those in Bengal make decorative Pandals and seek the blessings of the Goddess. The practice of Navaratri begins with stage decorations, chanting of the Hindu scriptures and the recital of the legends, among others. On this auspicious day, religious committees organize cultural events encouraging people to come up with competitive designs of Pandals; the public celebration involves folk dances pertaining to Hindu culture.
Mythological Significance of Diwali and Navaratri
Legend has it that Mahishasura, a mighty demon, acquired supernatural powers by worshipping Lord Shiva. But, he soon started misusing the powers by showing the act of barbarity on people who did not worship him. In the meantime, Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu by merging their powers into one, created the Goddess Durga. Mesmerized by the beauty of Durga, Mahishasura happily sent a marriage proposal. The Goddess agreed to marry Mahishasura on one condition; if he could defeat her in a battle. In the end, Mahishasura lost the battle to the Goddess Durga. Navaratri is celebrated every year to commemorate the victory of the Goddess Durga.
On the other hand, Diwali came to be known when Lord Rama, his brother Laksmana & wife Sita were welcomed by the people of Ayodhya. The pathways were lit up with diyas and lamps. The trio was returning to their kingdom, Ayodhya, after defeating the great king of Lanka, Ravana.
History is evident that the virtuous self has always triumphed over evil and will always continue to do so.
We at Fort JadhavGADH, a heritage resort near Pune, have taken a pledge to celebrate Navaratri and Diwali by opting for eco-friendly diya. A hotel that takes utmost care of the Mother Nature, Fort JadhavGADH will use Diyas made out of clay and organic wax. We, therefore, encourage you to do it, too. This year in 2019, we are celebrating Navaratri and Diwali in royal style at Fort JadhavGADH with amazingly curated Navaratri and Diwali Package.
By far, you must have only studied about Fort JadhavGADH in your history books. Now, you can stay at our hotel and experience the royalty of the fort. Come and celebrate the festivals in a royal style only at Fort JadhavGADH. You are guaranteed to take home some long-lasting memories.
The Entire Family of Fort JadhavGADH wishes you all, a very happy Navaratri & Diwali!!