Home Decoration Ideas for this Navratri Festival!!!
Navratri is one of the most important festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India. Navratri means the nine nights celebration. Navratri festival is celebrated auspiciously for the different forms of the Goddesses to worship the feminine form of the ‘Shakti’ that is power!
In the eastern & north-eastern states of India, the “Durga Puja” is synonymous with Navratri, wherein the goddess Durga battles & emerges the victory over the buffalo demon (Mahishasura) to help restore Dharma. Durga Puja is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in West Bengal & particularly in Kolkata, in honour of Goddess Durga during the period of Navratri. It is celebrated for ten days, however starting from the sixth day till the ninth day, the Pandals with grand idols of Goddess Durga are open for visitors. The idol is then decorated with flowers, clothes, jewellery, & various sweets are kept in front on the Goddess!
Gujarat & Mumbai are especially known for their extravagant garba celebrations every night during the nine days of Navratri. Garba is a form of dance that is done in a circle, representing the cyclical belief of time within Hinduism. Traditionally, the dance is performed with a clay lantern at the center representing the Goddess (Devi). Dancing around this lantern symbolizing that each human has this form of energy within him or her!
The decoration of Navratri festival should be very traditional. It is celebrated differently by different religions in India, but the essence is same. Like for example, the Bengalis in India are considered to celebrate Navratri as Durga Puja, & you must visit the city of Kolkata to experience the beauty of the celebration of this festival. While in South India celebrations take the form of Navratri golu by making the artistic display of dolls; which in Tamil, Bommai Golu or Kolu means Divine Presence, in Telugu, Bommala Koluvu means Court of Toys, and in Kannada, Bombe Habba means Doll Festival.
Navratri festival is marked in every home with bright & colourful Navratri decorations. Let us give you some ideas to decorate your home for this Navratri!
Navratri Decoration Ideas for Homes
01. Clean the Cluttered Space
The festive cleanings are the first thing you need to take care of. Also once, you have achieved a desire backdrop in each of your rooms, it’s important to see that the space is clutter free, especially the Pooja room. Just keep it simple & natural!
02. Decorate Home with Flowers, Garlands & Wreaths
Welcome your Navratri festival of this season with the wreaths made up of marigold flower (‘Genda ka fool’) and other autumn flowers around entrance doors & windows. This signifies the beginning of ‘sharad navratra’. Moreover, the fragrance of these flowers especially marigold would fascinate the entire home!
03. Earthen Pot
You can decorate home (Puja room) by using earthern pot as a part of Navratri decor. As per Gujarati tradition, the house is decorated with ‘Garbo’. It is an earthen pot decorated beautifully with small mirrors, shiny lace, flowers with diya burning inside.
04. Interior Colours!
Make sure that your interiors are ready for this Navratri festival. Indians love colours so why not to display this love in your home interiors. You can paint your home with ethnic & true colours of India like earthy green, reds, yellows & orange. You can also get a wall makeover only if your budget allows. The best & simple option is to replace the furnishings & decorative items.
Cushions and pillows are the most favorite elements of home interior. Hence, this Navratri you can jazz up your sitting area with some cushions having ethnic work. From mirror work to colourful embroidery, every kind of cushion are available in the market.
05. Rangoli or Alpana
Making rangolis or alpana is a tradition. Rangolis are vital for every Hindu Festivals. Intricate & elaborate rangolis are designed inside the house as well as outside in the portico.
Rangolis can also be done with flowers and leaves.
The new ready-to-stick rangolis are also available in the market e.g. Kundan Rangoli.
06. Potpourri of Fragnance
You can fill your glass tray or decorative blow or a jar with Potpourri. It is a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to scent a room. It not only soothes the eyes of the visitors but also emits the sweet earthy fragrance for the beginning of these pristine Pooja days!
07. Diyas, Candles & Tea Lights
Indian festivals are almost incomplete without Diyas. You can place the decorative Diyas in the Living Room and the Pooja Room to perk up your Pooja activities. The soft light falls on the deity from the earthy diyas & interesting tea lights given an elegant look to your room.
You can also give the terra-cotta diyas a personal touch by painting & decorating them with little craft beauties.
Burlap lanterns, mason jars, decorative lamps series of lights can add a touch of a festival. The space around the deity can also be lit up with strings of LED & fairy lights. They not only look beautiful but also make the altar look bright.
You can bring in some ethnicity with brass Vilakkus (tall brass oil lamps) and tea-lights in your pooja room.
You can also place floating candles in a traditional vessel spread with flower petals to add character to your home.
08. Decorative Figurines & Antiques
If you are a real decor enthusiast, the local shops sell a number of antiques & figurines of various Gods in a different setting. When you place these decorative with ornamental dolls, your Pooja Decor would steal the best show in town, believe me!
09. Decorative Bells and Hangings
You can also buy some traditional room dividers & bells to decorate home or for dividing rooms. For e.g. you can use these little elephant hangings as room dividers or just hang it outside your pooja room or pooja unit.
10. Hanging ‘Toran’
Hanging a ‘Toran’ in your pooja room & at the entrance door is also considered auspicious for celebrating Navratri festival. There are may traditionally decorated varieties of torans with embroidery & mirror work available in the market.
As the market is full of cheap plastic junks. Instead of using this, you can also find pearl beaded torans which are very popular type of hangings nowadays. Or you can hang the torans made of mango /coconut leaves.
11. Ornamental Idols – ‘Golu’
In South India during Navratri, Golu is made. As per this tradition, Goddess Durga meditates for the nine nights before killing Mahishasura. These nine nights are depicted in the form of nine steps made of wooden planks. Idols of various Gods & Goddesses are kept on these steps, with a wooden idol depicting Goddess Durga.
The significance of Navratri Golu depicts scenes from ancient times Indian stories that have been passed on from generation to generation like the Ramayana, Puranas, and the Dashavataram. It is a time of the year that you revisit those precious lessons learned from age-old stories. The steps may also be interpreted as the evolution ladder that we are all traversing in the journey of life.
On the tenth day, there is a celebration of a festival called Dussehra on this day you can hang garlands of yellow flowers (marigold) & mango tree leaves at your home entrance, your temple, & vehicles. As Dusshera is the end of Navratri & is celebrated all over India with grandeur & energy. Thus, people enjoy Dusshera to the fullest.
Summing up, just by opting the above-mentioned Navratri home decorations ideas you can convert your home in to festive. Navratri decoration will not only give your home a stunning look, but also allows the positive energy into your home. The most important thing you should keep in your mind is keep it simple, clear and natural.
So, if you haven’t started and don’t know from where to start then the Navratri decoration ideas will surely help you. I hope you liked all these ideas for Navratri decoration at home!
If you have more Navratri decoration ideas then let us know in the comment section below!
Last Modiefied: 24/09/2019