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It is celebrated every year in the month if Ashwin (September/October) and celebrates Prince
Rama's invocation of the goddess before going away to war with the demon king Ravana.
Durga Puja - the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of
India. Apart from being a religious festival for the Hindus, it is also an occasion for reunion and
rejuvenation, and a celebration of traditional culture and customs. While the rituals entails ten days of
fast, feast and worship, the last four days - Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami - are celebrated
with much gaiety and grandeur in India and abroad, especially in Bengal, where the ten-armed
goddess riding the lion is worshipped with great passion and devotion.
Navaratri (nine nights) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over
evil. Navratri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time and, as the name implies,
this festival is celebrated for nine days. Navratri is also known as Durga Puja.
During this period Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of
Shakti, or cosmic energy.