Navratri festival is celebrated to worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga, the Hindu Goddess of Power. It is a very important Hindu Festival and celebrated all over the country.
Navratri is a sanskrit word which means ‘Nine nights’.
The festival of Navratri continues for nine days. It is followed by Vijaya Dashmi (also Dussehra) Festival on the 10th day.
In Gujarat, people gather in groups to perform the Dandiya and Garba dance. The dandiya sticks of various colours are used. Some people also throw dry colours on each other.
Many devotees fast for entire nine days during the festival. They chant various mantras and slokas while worshiping the deity.