Significance of Navratri
Navratra: The holy festival of Hindus, wherein people offer their prayers to the goddess Durga and feel blessed. Navratra means a huge nine day celebration, wherein people keep fast for whole nine days and worship goddess Shakti and on the tenth day the huge festival, Dusherra is celebrated.
During Navratra, the whole atmosphere changes and people gets more involved in worships, sweets, dandia and garba dance, new clothes and much more. Dandia and Garba dance is very famous during navratris and it is celebrated all over the India, wearing special dandia and garba clothes. While performing dandia dance, people wear special dandia clothes which includes lehenga choli and duppatta whereas while performing the garba dance people wear a specially designed chainya choli with mirrior work done on it and on the eighth and the ninth day, kanjak pooja is held, in which people worship nine little girls and also wash their foot and offer food to them, with a belief that those nine girls are form of goddess Durga.
The initial three days of Navratri festival are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the same goddess of which statues you must have seen in many temples, dressed in red and mounted on a lion. Goddess Durga took various incarnations like Kumari, Kali and Parvati and all these incarnations are worshiped during navratris. The next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth), mounted on an owl and dressed in white and finally last three days are dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati, whose statue you must have seen in many temples dressed in milky white and mounted on a pure white swan.
People prefer to wear traditional clothes in Navratri and women more likely opt for sarees, suits, lehenga choli whereas men mostly prefer clothes like kurtas and sherwani.