Blessings of Navratri!

This year's Sharad Navratri begins on September 21st and is celebrated through Sept. 30th. During this festival of the nine nights, nine forms of the Mother Goddess Shakti/Devi are honored. Each region in India celebrates this festival according to their own tradition, but in some areas three days each are dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, respectively. This holiday culminates on the 10th day with the observance of Vijayadashami.



(Garba dance photo, copyright H. Jadeja.)