“Nava-ratri” means “nine nights.” This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.
It is a festival dedicated to the worship of a Hindu deity Shakti. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.” Navratri is a very important and major festival in the western state of Gujarat andMumbai, during which the traditional dance of Gujarat called ‘Garba’ is widely performed.This festival is celebrated with great zeal in north india as well including Bihar, West Bengal and the northern state of Punjab. Bengali “Durga Puja” is best of its kind and center of attraction worldwide.