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Celebration of nine nights

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Colourfully combined with worship and dance, the Navarathri Festival is celebrated by Hindus for ten days. They stay awake for nine nights to honour Goddess Durga who is worshipped in her three forms, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The culmination on the tenth day known as the Vijayadasami is auspicious for new beginnings or learning. This year’s Navarathri festival from October 1 to 10 will be commemorated with fasting, a vegetarian diet, prayer and meditation. Texts related to Goddess Durga, the deity of power and energy will be read, followed by Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity and Saraswathi Goddess of knowledge. The highlight of the festival is the ‘Golu’, a step like structure where ornaments and colourful statues of idols are decorated with lights. These ‘Golu’ can be seen at kovils across the Island.