What it means
The Sanskrit term ‘Nava-rathri’ stands for nine-nights and is a celebration devoting three days each for the Hindu deities Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. Devotees venerate the goddesses for their blessings of courage, wealth and knowledge respectively. The basis of the festival is the celebration of a battle that triumphed over evil. It is believed that the three goddesses combined their strengths to embody goddess Shakthi to vanquish a demon Mahidasuran.