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Navratri 2016 is one of the most famous events in the entire nation.Navratri 2016 is celebrated as Durga Pujan in West Bengal. Generally Navratri is celebrated mainly as worshipping Goddess Durga. It comes twice in a year, once around March-April and the second time, around September-October. The nine days and nights of Navratri are entirely devoted to Goddess Maa Durga. Throughout this period, fasts, strictly vegetarian diets, enchanting mantras in honour of Maa Shakti, religious hymns, prayers,recitation of sacred texts related to Devi Maa (Mother Goddess) form the order of the day. Apart from this, there are a number of other customs and rituals as well, which are followed whole heartedly on the festival.
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On both the auspicious occasion during Chaitra and Sharad Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Maa Durga - Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped by the devotees. Chaitra Navratri festival will start from Friday, 8th April 2016 and will be celebrated till 16th April 2016 and Sharad Navratri dates for year 2016 are from October 1, 2016 to October 10, 2016..
-The main ritual of Navratri, celebrated on September-October, consists of placing images/idols of Goddess Durga in homes and temples. The devotees offer fruits and flowers to the Goddess. They also sing bhajans in her honor along with aarti and hymns.
-The first three days of Navratri are devoted exclusively to the worship of Goddess Durga, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is dedicated to a different incarnation of Maa Durga, namely Kumari, Parvati and Kali etc.
-There is also a custom of planting barley (jau) seeds in a small bed of mud on the first day of puja. The shoots, when grown, are given to the attendees, as a blessing from Goddess, after the puja ceremony after nine days of festival.
These fourth, fifth and sixth days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity. Goddess Maa Lalita is also prayed to, on the fifth day, which is also known as Lalita Panchami.
-The seventh day is dedicated to Goddess Maa Saraswati, while the Goddess of Art and Knowledge is worshipped on the eight day and a yagya is also performed.
-The ninth day is the final day of Navratri celebrations, which is also known as 'Mahanavami'. On this day, Kanya puja is performed, where nine young "kanya" are worshipped. Each of these nine girls symbolizes one of the nine forms of Goddess Maa Durga. The feet of the girls are washed, to welcome the goddess and show devotion to her. Thereafter, the girls are offered food and a set of new clothes, as a gift/offering from the devotees.
-The nine-day Navratra celebrations, which fall in September-October, come to an end with the immersion (visarjan) of the idols of Goddess Maa Durga in water.
-Dandiya and Garba are the devotional dances performed on the evenings of Navratri, mainly in Gujarat and parts of nation. Garba is performed before the 'aarti', as devotional performance in the honor of the Goddess, while Dandiya is performed after it, as a part of the celebrations.
In case of September-October Navratri celebrations, the tenth day is celebrated as Dussehra. On this day, devotees perform 'Saraswati Puja', for blessings of knowledge and mental peace. On the day, the burning of the idol/effigy of Demon king Ravana also takes place.