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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 victorious 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!
To decorate home for the 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. 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!
To decorate home for this Navratri festival here are some ideas:
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 space is clutter free, especially the Pooja room. Just keep it simple &natural!
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!
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 decorative earthen pots with a diya burning inside. Small earthen pots filled with rice and a dry coconut on top are also kept in the temple. Also using the dry coconut on top of earthen pots is used for decoration.
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 in this festive season. 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. In other cases, it is best & simple to replace the furnishings & decorative items.
Cushions and pillows are the most favorite elements of home interior designers. Hence, this Navratri you can jazz up your sitting area with some cushions with ethnic work. From mirror work to colourful embroidery, every kind of cushion are available in the market.
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Rangoli or Alpana:
Making rangolis is a very good idea. Rangolis are vital for every Hindu Festivals. Intricate & elaborate rangolis are painted inside the house as well as outside on the portico. The new ready to stick rangolis available in the market also look very pretty, e.g. Kundan Rangoli. Bengali Alpana designs in a potpourri of brightest colours not only soothe the eyes of the visitors but also for the sweet, earthy fragrance emitting from these colours for the beginning of pristine Pooja days!
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 Decor 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.
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!
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.
Ornamental Idols – ‘Golu’:
In South India during Navaratri Golu is kept. 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.
Hanging a ‘Toran’ at the temple or in pooja room & at the entrance door is considered to be good & auspicious for celebrating Navratri festival. Use the torans that are traditionally created with mango or coconut leaves.
But nowadays, the market is full of cheap, plastic junk. Instead, paint samples and veneer on handmade paper or on a cardboard yourself. You can also get printed clothes and cut it in the shape of a toran with some embroidery & mirror work!
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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! Dusshera is the end of Navratri & is celebrated all over India with grandeur & energy. Thus, people enjoy Dusshera to the fullest.