The nine-day Navratri is an important festival celebrated throughout the country. People celebrate this festival with great pomp and show. In this nine-day festival, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. But Mother Parvati, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are especially worshipped. However, in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja. It is known by different names in different parts of our country. Let us see here under which different names it is celebrated across India.
Navratri: Navratri is a popular festival in North India. It has also started being celebrated in states like Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The name Navratri is derived from the idea that it is celebrated for nine days.
Durga Puja : Navratri is known as Durga Puja in West Bengal. Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of this region. It is also celebrated by the name of Durga Puja in other states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Mysore Dussehra: In Karnataka, Navratri is celebrated as Mysore Dussehra. On the tenth day, a procession of bejeweled elephants is taken out carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundi.
Kullu Dussehra: Kullu Dussehra is specific to the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. In this region, ‘Rath Yatra’ is taken out with Lord Rama and other deities on the tenth day of the festival.
Bommai Kolu: In Tamil Nadu, Navaratri is celebrated as Bommai Kolu. It is the only festival celebrated only by women. Women hold dolls that depict deities, villages or wedding scenarios. Dolls are worshiped as symbols of art and divinity.