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Goddess Durga in the act of killing Mahishasur, the demon.

It is believed that Goddess Durga is the combined form of powers of Goddesses Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati. Also, she protects her devotees from evil powers and safeguards them.

According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Durga was created by Lord Vishnu to fight the demon, Mahishasur.

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Pandal during Durga Puja.

Navratri is a nine-day festival that is solely dedicated to Goddess Durga. This festival is amongst the prominent Hindu festivals which are celebrated in different regions with different names. The word 'Navratri' in Sanskrit means nine nights. Therefore, for nine days, 'Nine Forms of Maa Durga' is worshipped.

Interestingly, Navratri falls four times a year, but only two out of them are celebrated, namely Chaitra Navratri (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September-October).

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Visit Glass House, Hilton Garden Inn, Gurgaon, for special Navratri Thali. Zomato

As one is ready to welcome Goddess Durga with immense joy and celebration, the auspicious and divine days of Navratris are here.

If you’re in Gurgaon you can treat yourself to an exclusive Navratri Thali curated by Chef Mukesh Kumar at Glass House, Hilton Garden Inn, Gurgaon, Baani Square.

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During Navratri celebrations, devout Hindus honor the existence, presence and power of the Devi Shakti. Pixabay

New Delhi, September 29, 2017 : The last eight days have witnessed immense zeal and fervor among devotees who got together to celebrate Sharad Navratri and honor the nine auspicious nights of goddess Durga. According to the Hindu dharma, there are four Navratris in one year; however, only two of them are celebrated in a magnificent way, one of them being Sharad Navratri. This year, the festival was observed from September 21– 29. Throughout the nine day festival, devotees observe ritualistic fasts, perform several pujas and offer bhog (holy food) to Goddess Durga in an attempt to gratify her.

Why do we celebrate Navratri?

‘Nav’ means ‘nine’ and ‘ratri’ means ‘night’. Thus, ‘Navratri’ means the festival of the ‘nine nights’.

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