3 things your kids must learn about the Durga Puja/Navratri festival

Durga Puja is not just a festival, it’s an emotion. This 9-day festival brings the country together and binds everyone with unconditional love for Goddess Durga. But do you and your kids know why we celebrate Durga Puja every year? 

Below are the 3 important things you must teach your child during the upcoming Navratri festival:

Teach your children what Durga Puja stands for

Durga Puja is also known as Navratri in the Northern part of India. The word Navratri signifies a festival that goes on for nine nights. ‘Nava’ means nine while ‘Ratri’ means night. This amazing fact will help you build up a conversation with your kids while they look forward to listening to more such interesting facts. 

What Durga Puja is called in different parts of India

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Durga Puja also symbolizes the victory of good over evil

The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different parts of India. There are multiple reasons why Navratri is celebrated and these reasons might differ from state to state. Moreover, each part of the country celebrates the festival in a different way from the others, making it more unique and special.

But did you know that it is celebrated as Ayudha Puja and Durga Puja in the Southern and Eastern parts of India respectively? As we already mentioned above, in North India, it goes by the name of Navratri to celebrate the birth of Lord Ram. 

Who are the 9 Goddesses

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People worship the 9 Goddesses for health and prosperity

Each day of Navratri marks the worship of 9 different Goddesses namely Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Durga. Let your kids know about each Goddess and share the reasons why devotees across the country worship them.

People worship the 9 Goddesses by performing pujas, singing bhajans, and praying. Likewise, Navratri is also a time of fasting and purification therefore many people choose to abstain from certain foods such as meat and alcohol during the festival. Furthermore, it is believed that by worshipping the goddesses during Navratri, people can gain her blessings and protection which will free them from any negative energies and obstacles in their lives

The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm as well as devotion all over India. It is indeed an occasion for joyous celebration, dancing and feasting.

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