Navratri 2023: One of the highlights of Navratri celebrations in the country is the traditional dance form ‘Garba’ which symbolizes devotion and worship.
The 9 days of Navratri are celebrated to drink the appearance of Goddess Durga. On the auspicious occasion, addicts worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga and seek blessings for the well- being of their families.One of the highlights of Navratri celebrations in the country is the traditional dance form ‘Garba’ which symbolizes devotion and worship. People gather in large groups dressed in traditional costumes and dance to the rhythmic beat of Garba and Dandiya.
What is Garba and when can it be played during Navratri?
Garba is a high-energy folk dance that originated in Gujarat and is performed with fervor and enthusiasm during the auspicious Navratri festival. Dancers celebrating the spirit of Garba dance in a circle around a large lamp or idol of Goddess Shakti.This dance can be performed on all the nine days of Navratri.
People wear rich, traditional and colorful costumes to celebrate Garba. Women wear the Chaniya Choli, a colorful three-piece outfit consisting of a blouse, skirt and dupatta. Men wear a ghagra – a short round kurta – above the knee – a cuffed pajama with a turban on the head.
However, in Gujarat, it is not only performed during Garba. Garba is also performed during social events like weddings and parties.
Importance of Garba:
Garba is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘garbha’ which means womb. A traditional garba is performed around a centrally lit lamp or idol of Goddess Shakti. Garba is performed in a circle representing the cycle of life. As the cycle of time moves from birth to life, death and then rebirth, the only thing that remains constant is the goddess, whose image is kept constant.
Autumn Navratri Calendar
|15 October 2023||(Sunday)||Ghatasthapan/Shailaputri|
|16 October 2023||(Monday)||Brahmacharini|
|17 October 2023||(Tuesday)||Chandraghanta|
|18 October 2023||(Wednesday)||Kushmanda|
|19 October 2023||(Thursday)||Skandamata|
|20 October 2023||(Friday)||Katyayani|
|21 October 2023||(Saturday)||Kalratri|
|22 October 2023||(Sunday)||Mahagauri|
|23 October 2023||(Monday)||Siddhidatri|
|24 October 2023||(Tuesday)||Durga Visarga|