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Navratri festival starts

Mumbai, Sep 26 (): The Navratri festival began with a bang from September 25, 2014. Navratri is a nine-day festival and is all about dancing, merry-making, being with family and relishing food.

Navratri literally means nine nights and the festival in this year falls from Septermber 25 to October 3. During these nine nights and ten days, the three forms of the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati – are worshipped. The festival ends on the tenth day, known as Dussehra, which marks the victory of good over evil.

Navratri festival is divided into the sets of three days to worship different features of the supreme goddess.

On the first three days, the Mother is prayed as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, evils and weaknesses.

The next three days, the Mother is worshipped as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of giving unlimited wealth.

On the final three days, the mother is worshipped as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.

By worshipping the three Goddesses during these nine nights, one will get the blessings from the three divine mothers and all-round success in life.

During the nine days, people follow a strict diet and do not eat foods like onions, garlic, and non-vegetarian dishes. Also, this festival season has a lot of fun quotient and the fun notch is really higher during these times. During Navratri, dandiya nights are held across the city, in which people dance to have lots of fun, laughter and merrymaking.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood stars have taken to Twitter to send their best wishes on the nine-day festival of Goddess Durga. Modi said, may Maa Jagdamba keep inspiring us to serve the poorest of the poor. Stars including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Anil Kapoor, among others have wished their fans a happy and auspicious Navratri.