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Monday, November 05, 2012

Navratri in Maharashtra

Navratri is the nine day festival where the goddess in worshiped in different forms. In different states of India the rituals and customs and traditions are different. In Maharashtra the rituals involve placing some soil as thick as two phalanges in a plate and placing a pot filled with water in the center of it with some rice grains on top then placing five leaves of mango and a coconut on the pot. Nine food grains viz: Wheat, Bajra, Jowar, Rice, Bengal Gram, Green Gram, Matki, Black Sesame seeds, Black Gram each for the nine navgrahas are then sowed in the mud and it is kept moist for the nine days so that it germinates and grows a little. A lamp is lit continuously for nine days such that it does not extinguish. It is a depiction of life: The soil : Mother earth, The pot : womb, The grains/seeds - The unborn baby and fertility, The never extinguishing lamp: life etc....... This is worshiped for the next nine days: depicting the nine months of pregnancy. During this time in the state of Gujarat, men and women dance the Garba around this. Children especially little girls are fed with delicacies. After nine days these germinated seeds and coconut is then immersed in water: depicting every thing that comes goes away.

The Ghat in the centre with the coconut on top and germinating seeds around it.


Ladies going together for the immersion of the ghat.

19 comments:

  1. Love the presentation! And the ladies are wearing such stunning dresses!

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  2. Such colorful photos and such an interesting post. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Your Sunday Best this week.

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  3. Wow love the ladies and their dress! Gorgeous post.

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  4. what lovely photos love those ladies - it is so nice to see snippets of other peoples lives, I am over in the UK and find seeing other countries so fasinating! :)

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  5. What an interesting rituals.

    Visiting from mandarin Orange Monday. Your comment on my Orange entry will be much appreciated.
    Have a great week!

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  6. Wonderful shots. It's interesting to read about the festival.

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  7. I really enjoyed reading about the festival and the planting of the seeds.... and finally their immersion in water. India is such a beautiful country and so complex.. I visited India several times when I was younger (too poor to travel now!! ) and loved it... but never really learned details such as this. The photographs are beautiful... especially the smiling faces of the women taking part. Thank you so much for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful festival. Thank you for sharing the customs and traditions. Your photos are wonderful. Have a great day!

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  9. I cannot wait to be back in India wearing my saris and jewellery!!!

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  10. I too love to visit other countries to and learn about different cultures. This is such a meaningful festival and so closely tied to Mother Earth..The women are beautiful in the amazing saris and the fabrics..so much more interesting than the pair of jeans and sweatshirt that I am wearing. Of course it did snow here a bit.. Lovely and different for Nature Notes in a very good way...Michelle

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  11. Very cool! Love the photos and learning about the festival!

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  12. I really enjoyed reading about this festival

    Hello and Greetings from Ireland

    It is lovely to learn about rituals in other countries.

    Great photos
    Thank you for linking up with Green Day

    Wishing you a great weekend.

    Fiona

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  13. Fotos maravilhosas! Interessante esse ritual indiano, gostei de ler sobre isso, eu não conhecia.
    Tenha uma ótima sexta-feira verde, beijo

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  14. It was so interesting reading about the significance of the various items.

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  15. Belíssima imagem! Muito bom conhecer esses costumes que nos ajudam a enriquecer os nossos conhecimentos. Abraço. Ailime (Portugal)

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  16. Lindas as imagens e o contexto cultural, maravilhoso! Um abraço!

    O mirante da imagem

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