NAVRATRI Navratri in Sanskrit means Nine Nights. This festival is for nine days all over the world by Hindus. The rituals vary from state to state but they all worship the same goddess Durga. It is celebrated to honour goddess Durga. It is one of the most important festivals celebrated twice a year. Actually there are four navratris in a year but we celebrate only two, Chaitra Navratri and Sharad navratri. Chaitra navratri is celebrated during summer in March or April while, Sharad navratri is celebrated during the month of September or October. It is believed that Goddess Durga is the incarnation of goddess Parvathi, wife of Lord Shiva. When Mahishasura attacked the Trilok - earth, heaven and hell , Gods did not know how to stop him. So the three most powerful Gods - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva created goddess Durga to defeat him. She fought with him for 15 long days and finally she killed him with her trishul on his chest. To celebrate these days navratri is celebrated. During the nine days, women from every family observe fasting and worship the nine avatars of Durga maa. And on the last day they break the fasting with a luxurious pooja.