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This practice was carried out since the time of kings, briefly stopped during the British rule, and was reintroduced by the Wodeyars of Mysore. Image credit: wikimedia commons

On the ninth day of the Navratri celebrations, Ayudha Pooja is celebrated in Karnataka, where all the instruments of the household or shop are gathered together in one place and consecrated before the patron deity. This practice was carried out since the time of kings, briefly stopped during the British rule, and was reintroduced by the Wodeyars of Mysore.

The practice of anointing instruments is believed to have originated during the Kurukshethra war, when Arjuna placed his weapons in the Shami tree before using them in the war. He won the war after doing this, and so people do the same to their household objects believing that it holds great significance to their prosperity and success.

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Share an amazing meal with your family and have a memorable experience in Restaurants.

Restaurants across India are gearing up for the ongoing festive month. With the onset of Navratri, restaurants are offering special deals, festive menus and discounts to attract more customers and to add cheer to their celebration. Visit these restaurants to share an amazing meal with your family and have a memorable experience.

1. Del (Roseate House, Aerocity, New Delhi): Inspired by the international flight code for the city, DEL is an all-day bistro at Roseate House, New Delhi. With a seating capacity of 132 guests, DEL has a choice of both alfresco and indoor dining options. The bistro accommodates an exclusive private dining room that opens to a sky-lounge catering to social and corporate gatherings. It houses a lavish bar, live European and Oriental kitchen, a sushi island, along with a dedicated salad station, cold spread, Indian fare and a dessert buffet.
Offer: Navratra Special Thali at Rs 1,500 per person.

2. Tamara - Shangri La (New Delhi): Tamra is a vibrant, lively and fun restaurant suitable for all types of dining occasions. From their multi-cuisine menu, Tamra serves Japanese, European, Oriental and Indian and exquisite desserts from five interactive live kitchens to lighten up your taste buds. The restaurant boasts of delicious grilled specialities from the Far East, Tandoori treats from Central Asia and the largest selection of exquisite shaken and stirred cocktails.

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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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