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"Navratri is the festival of adoration of Goddess Durga."

"Laxmi ka hath ho, Saraswati ka sath ho, Ganesh ka nivas ho, Aur maa Durga ke ashirwad se aapke jivan mein prakash hi prakash ho"

Navratri is one of the most auspicious times of the year. Navratri means nine nights. Each day is dedicated to one of the nine avatars of Goddess Durga. Navratri symbolises the victory of good over evil. It is believed that Goddess Durga fought with demon Mahishasura for nine days and the final day when the demon was beheaded by her, is called 'Vijay Dashami. It is also known as the 'Dussehra. The Navratri falls four times in a year but 'Sharad' Navratri is the most auspicious and is widely celebrated across the country.

Navratri is celebrated with great pomp and is celebrated in every state of India. Depending on the state or culture, different tales support worshipping of different God's but these nine days, different prayers are sung to seek blessings from the nine forms of the Goddess to purify home and mind. In Navratri Maa Durga protect us from evil and all give us strength to fight all our problems. While Navratri we worship our deity with great devotion and we also perform 'Kalash sthapna' where we keep earthen pot and put coconut over it and worship this Kalash each day of Navratri to welcome Goddess Durga.

During the Navratri, we must te

ach our kids so many things like teach them why the festival is celebrated, the importance of worship, what is fasting and kalash sthapna.

In Gujarat Navratri is famous for its 'Dandiya nights'. Garba is the folk dance of the state of Gujarat. Garba is done barefoot, playing barefoot signifies respect for the earth. Gujarati people play the Garba whole night wearing traditional clothes.

Gajra Vidyabhavan has taken the first step towards the Navratri celebration in a unique way. Given knowledge about Navratri to learners and had performed Drama, Garba-Dandiya and Rass-Leela by learners . Online classes had also enjoyed the celebration and learned about Navratri.

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