Best Places to Visit in India to Celebrate Navratri in Different Ways
Navratri is a nine-day festival that is celebrated in different ways across the country, needless to say, it is vibrant everywhere. It is one of the most revered Hindu festivals, which celebrates good over evil. While states observe the nine-day festival differently, the enthusiasm is common to all and sheds light on a lot about each culture.
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This year Navaratri started on September 26th and will end in Dussehra i.e. October 5th. Visiting different destinations during the festival can give you a flawless experience, and so you must add these places to your travel list this year.
Katra, Jammu and Kashmir
People wishing to take a trip to other states should definitely visit Katra at J&K. The Mata Vaishno Devi temple here is decorated with fresh flowers and lights during this festival. Devotees make it a ritual to go up to the temple, especially during Navratri. The whole place looks vibrant even later in the day.
The celebrations begin with aarti of all forms of Durga, which is then followed by Garba – a folk dance where men and women dress to perform dandiya, usually around the idol.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Diyas are lit on the ghats and Ramcharitmanas are chanted throughout the city for nine days. The most exciting part is the Ramleela that takes place these days, where the effigies of Ravana are burned on the last day to celebrate good over evil.
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
The Kanaka Durga temple sees a lot of locals and tourists during Navratri, where the idol is dressed in different shapes every day. The temple is located on the banks of the Krishna River and the flower poles are to be floated in the river on the 9th day. Bathukamma Panduga is what people here call Navratri in their local language
Dev Bhoomi or ‘the land of the gods’ is one of the must-visit Navratri. Naina Devi, Kasar Devi, Dhari Devi, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples are believed to be shrouded in mystical vibes during this time of year, so it is the best time to visit to seek blessings.
The city is decorated with hundreds of Durga Puja pandals, which are decorated with all the bling. There’s food, prayers, decorations, and anything to do with festivities. The idols are decorated every day with new clothes, red vermilion, flowers and jewelry.
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