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posted Oct 14, 2012, 5:39 PM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Sep 7, 2013, 12:15 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]
 NavaratriDuring these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakt/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashmi or Dashera.The nine days are divided and devoted in essence to the Trinity of God worshipped in a female form in which for three days Maa Durga (Goddess of valor) is worshipped, for three days Maa Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and three days for Maa Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge and Art). 
Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms.The Dussehra of Kulu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. The last four days of Navratri are celebrated as Durga Puja. in the state of West Bengal. This is the biggest festival of the year in this state. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshipped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance. In Goa, zatra begins during Navratri,The Saraswat Brahmin temples are beautifully decorated and the idols are taken out for worship. In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. Photos of typicalGolu displayed in Tamil Nadu style at a home in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India is shown by the side. In Kerala, three days: Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashami of Sharad Navaratri are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja in which books are worshipped. The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples. On Vijaya Dashami day, the books are ceremoniously taken out for reading and writing after worshipping Sarasvati. Vijaya Dashami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham. Tens of thousands of children are initiated into the world of letters on this day in Kerala.(source: wikkipedia