Vadodara, being the cultural capital of Gujarat, hosts Vibrant Navratri which witnesses record-breaking crowds at various venues, dancing to tunes of spiritual songs & musical stories. But amongst all the fun & gala, the real story behind the festival is lost somewhere and the spiritual perspective loses its purpose. Each of these nine nights has a significance of its own
The festival of Celebrate Navratri with Hotel Casa – nine nights – is dedicated to Shakti, the various forms female deities. Itrepresents a celebration of Goddess Ambaand the worship of Goddess Durga. It is said that the first incarnation of Shakti is known as Shailputri.
Further incarnations are known as : Brahmacharini,Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhratri.
These nine manifestations of Shakti are worshipped as Nava Durga.
There are many enthralling legends and myths attached to the history of Navratri:
The demon Mahishasur, after being given a boon by the fire god Agni that he wouldn’t be killed by weapons bearing masculine names, caused grave destruction and terror. The gods sought the help of Lord Shiva, who advised the invocation of the goddess Shakti. With the gods’ prayers, a divine luster sprang from the heart of Lord Shiva and the bodies of all the gods and formed the goddess Adhya Shakti. The gods gave her ornaments, arms and a lion as a vehicle. She fought with the evil Mahishasur for nine long days and nights, and at last, resulted in the beheading of Mahisa on the tenth. The nine nights came to be known as Navratri, while the tenth day was called Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day that brought the triumph of good over the evil.
Sati (also known as Uma) married Lord Shiva against the wishes of her father, King Daksha Prajapati. Inrevenge, Daksha organized a huge yagna and invited all the gods and deities except his new son-in-law. Sati decided to attend the yagna despite Lord Shiva’s attempt to persuade her not to. The King ignored his daughter’s presence and publically abused Lord Shiva. Unable to bear her father’s insults, Sati committed suicide by jumping into the yagna fire. However, she was reborn and again won Lord Shiva as her groom and peace was restored. It is believed that since then Uma comes every year with her four children Ganesh, Kartik, Saraswati and Laxmi and two of her best friends or ‘sakhis’ called Jaya and Bijaya, to visit her parent’s home during Navratri with Hotel Casa
These legends and story are part of the history that surrounds the festival of Navratri and are going to be around as long as the festival continues. Although all nine days are dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti, the nine-day festivity culminates on tenth day with Dushera or Vijaydashmi when the effigy of Ravana is burnt.
The entire city is enlivened by street bazaars, food vendors and young Garba enthusiasts dancing to the tunes of mellifluous voices and soulful compositions. Hotel Casa the best budget hotel of Vadodara welcomes you to the vibrant & colourful city of Vadodara and witness and be a part of the Navratri magic!