Navarathiri, a festival celebrated across the country over nine auspicious nights, holds profound significance that is essential for children to comprehend. Understanding the festival's name, history, and purpose enables them to appreciate its finer intricacies and cultural importance. If your kids are enthusiastic and curious to know all about Navarathiri, here are few essential facts about this auspicious festival.

1. The Etymology of Navarathiri: The term 'Navratri' originates from Sanskrit, where 'Nav' denotes the number nine, and 'Ratra' signifies night. Given its celebration over a span of nine nights, the festival is aptly named Navratri.

2. Veneration of Goddess Durga : Navarathiri is a tribute to Goddess Durga and her various incarnations. Each of the nine Goddesses embodies immense power, collectively constituting Goddess Durga. The nine Goddesses revered during Navratri are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.

3. Occurrence of Navarathiri: Navarathiri occurs five times a year, aligning with specific months as per the Hindu lunar calendar.

4. Celebrating Goddess Durga's Triumph: Many believe Navratri commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. A fierce battle lasting nine days and nights culminated in her triumph on the tenth day, vanquishing the buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura.

5. Symbolism of Sacrifice: In several regions of India, animal sacrifice is practiced symbolizing the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo-headed demon.

6. Ayudha Puja : On the ninth day of Navarathiri, known as Ayudha Puja, people venerate their livelihood and work instruments. This includes the worship of computers, software, books, vehicles, and machinery.

7. Cultural Celebrations and Dussehra: In North and West India, Navarathiri is celebrated with events like Ram Lila, a dramatic folk enactment of Lord Rama's life. The festivities culminate in Dussehra, marked by the burning of huge effigies of Ravana, symbolising Lord Ram's victory over Ravana.

8. Reunion of Goddess Durga and her mother: According to legend, Goddess Durga is granted nine days each year to visit her mother, sparking the celebration of Navarathiri. This festival rejoices in the reunion of mother and daughter.

Navarathiri transcends a mere festival; it represents an invaluable occasion to explore and embrace the rich culture, customs, and traditions of our country. The nine days of Navarathiri offer a precious opportunity for parents and children to bond, reflect, and celebrate this vibrant tapestry of tradition.

Source : Parent Circle, TimesOfIndia