As soon as we start to inch closer to the year-end, the festivities in our country start. Navratri festival is around the corner when the whole country will be lit up in colorful adornments celebrating the 9 forms of Goddess Durga. Navratri is celebrated differently across the states in India. The first 3 days of the festival signify destroying the impurities. The next 3 days, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity. The last 3 days Goddess Saraswati is worshipped for wisdom and success.
This year Navratri falls on 29 September. Traditional celebrations involving visiting pandals, getting a Garba (decorated earthen pot) home and worshipping it for 9 days and taking part in the Garba dance ritual every night for 9 nights. If you own a luxury flat in Mumbai, then you can celebrate Navratri in your flats itself. Here we share a few decor, Pooja and food ideas for Navratri celebration in your house.
Decor Ideas for Navratri
Here are a few ideas to spruce up your home this Navratri.
- You can paint your house in earthy colors for Navratri.
- You can also use flower garlands and wreaths for decoration.
- Scented candles, reed infusers and Bakhoors give a pure and serene feeling to the guests who visit your house.
- You can enhance your pooja decor with antiques and figurines.
- You can make rangolis or Alpana outside the house.
- Light diyas inside the pooja room to make it brighter naturally.
Navratri Pooja at Home
In many apartments, you will notice that either people bring the idol of the Goddess Durga or they get a decorated earthen pot. The decorated earthen pot known as a ‘Garba’ is the symbol of nascent life. This pot is worshipped for the 9 days of the festival. You can decorate your own Garba as well with shiny mirrors, laces and colors.
Once you have the Garba in the apartment, make sure you decorate it with flowers each day for the rest of the 9 days. For the pooja, you need to make sure all the family members are present as the festival also signifies unity and love.
Food, Music & Dance
The 9 days of Navratri is the time when the majority of people do fasts. Hence, food, which can be consumed during fasts, becomes a staple in the homes. The food is made using the kuttu (buckwheat), rajgira (amaranth), singhara (water chestnut) flours along with sabudana (Sago). Different states in India have various delicacies such as sago vadas and khichdi in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, Jalebi and Fafda in Gujarat and Maharashtra, Baingun Bhaja in West Bengal, and Payasam in Kerala.
After the potpourri of flavours comes the time to dance on the tunes of dhols adorning the most lively and colourful traditional clothes. Whether it is Garba in Maharashtra and Gujarat or Dhunuchi Naach in West Bengal, music and dance are an integral part of the festival. If you own a luxury flat in South Mumbai, then you can have your own Garba session right at home.
Any kind of festival is an auspicious time to start something new or buy something new. Navratri 2019 is the year you can consider buying a flat in Mumbai or flats in Thane. This is the festival of new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil. So this year, buy your first home with Indiabulls Real Estate and usher happiness and blessing in your abode.