J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik greets people on beginning of Navratri festival.

J&K governor greeted the people of state on the occasion of Navratri. He prayed for lasting peace, brotherhood and communal harmony in state and wished this festival brings a sea change in the lives of people.

Navarathri, is a nine nights (and ten days) Hindu festival, celebrated in the autumn every year. It is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian sub continent. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navratri. However, in practice, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navratri that is the most observed in the honor of the divine feminine Goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin, which typically falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.

Of the four kinds of Navaratris – Chaitra Navratri, Paush Navratri, Magha Navratri, and Sharad Navratri – celebrated in India throughout the year, Maha Navratri or Sharad Navratri is considered as the most auspicious.

When it comes to the importance of Navratri, like every other Indian festival, the core message remains the same – the victory of good over evil – but the stories and the narratives differ. Even across the geography of India, while the eastern and north-eastern states refer to the celebrations as Durga Puja, for the northern and western belt, it is a nine-night festival that is observed to celebrate the victory of Rama over Ravana.

It is believed, that Goddess Durga battled with demon Mahishasura and defeated him. To celebrate her victory and Mahishasura’s defeat, the day is marked to worship and honour the Goddess. The first day of the festival, Mahalaya, begins with remembering Goddess Durga through her Nine forms on Nine days.

Ma Shailaputri –  Ma Brahmacharini –  Ma Chandraghanta –  Ma Kushmanda – Ma Skandamata – Ma Kaalratri – Ma Mahagauri – Ma Durga are the varied forms of Goddess worhiped on the nine days of Navratri.

Epilogue News Network extends warm greeting and prays for the lasting peace, brotherhood and amity in whole world.

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