Navratri commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over a demon, Mahishasur, who had started toturing innocent people. At the call of the gods, Goddess Durga, astride a lion, fought with the demon and cut off his head.
Navratri is a joyous Hindu festival which is celebrated during early fall season - from the first to the ninth date of Ashwin Shukla Paksha of the Hindu calendar (late September / early October). The goddess in the form of the Universal Mother is worshiped for nine nights and hence the name nava-ratri. On the tenth day, the festival comes to an end with a special puja called Vijaya Dasami.
Navaratri festival, which becomes Durga Puja in Bengal and Eastern India towards the latter part, is devoted to Mother Goddess known as Durga; Bhadrakali; Amba or Jagadamba; Annapurna; Sarvamangala; Bhairavi; Chandika; Lalita; and Bhavani. It marks the universal resurgence of the power of creation over destruction.
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