The months from September till December are exciting, especially for Hindus and Christians. While Ganesh festival Navratri and Diwali are crucial for the former, Christmas is for the latter. Ganesh festival has ended and Navratri will commence soon. This 9-day festival is celebrated in different ways across states. In Maharashtra, the festival takes an extremely personal and spiritual form. A ritual called the Ghatasthapna is performed where a small bed of mud is prepared inside a container. In the middle of it, an earthen pot with water is placed, which symbolises goddess Durga. Over the pot, 5 stems of jowar are placed. This pot is worshiped for 9 days, involving the Kali Puja for the first two days and Lakshmi and Saraswari puja in the last remaining days.
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On the 9th day, a ghat puja is performed and the sprouted plants are pulled out. On the 10th day, which is Dusshera, leaves of a tree called Apta are collected. Families visit homes in the neighbourhood and offer these leaves to families, a ritual which is referred to as ‘sona’ (gold). In Mumbai, navratri is celebrated in all its glory where many grounds and localities host garba and dandiya nights. Citizens dress up in traditional Gujarati avatar, and participate in the dances, which are associated with Gujarati culture.
Another common ritual that many people follow is wearing the colour of the day, during the 9-day festival. Each day is defined by a particular colour and according to tradition, people are supposed to wear clothes of that colour only. Navratri this year will commence on September 29 and will end on October 8, the 10th day of the festival, which is marked by dusshera.
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