Navratri.. also known as Dasara/Dussehra/Durga Pooja, is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshiped. Click the link to read more about the different ways of celebrating this festival in different parts of India.
For me, during school days in Belgaum, Navratri meant a month of holidays! yes.. a whole month of holidays!! Saraswati pooja, Ayudha pooja celebrated at home. Then, on the tenth day, the huge idols of the deities taken out in a procession and people exchanging ‘banni’ leaves… signifying good wishes for victory and prosperity..
During our college years, we were in Mysore. Mysore Dasara is very famous, celebrated as the state festival of Karnataka here… A throwback to the grand festivities of the royal Mysore of yore. Dasara means lights all around. Mysore is beautiful to behold esp the colourfully lit streets in the evenings. Other attractions are the lovely flower blooms in every park, the flower show, the lit up Mysore palace, Yuva Darasra, Dasara exhibition and the famed Darasa procession that ends in a torch light ceremony marking the close of festivities!
After moving to Bangalore, Navratri became the time for my yearly visit to Mysore!! I made sure not to miss the lovely Mysore during this time…the crowds not withstanding!! I usually went with dad and Ammu, sisters and family accompanying us some of the years. We would also visit Durga pooja pandals whenever sis n family accompanied us. BIL 1 is a Bengali and Durga pooja is the most important festival for them.
This year was different! From a no plan, where i feared I would miss Mysore Dasara this time…it turned out to be an impromptu one and a special one at that. It was just Ammu and me… a first for us!!
It was a short, quick trip over the weekend. Agenda was to meet my friends and maybe a visit the flower show and palace. Mission accomplished! There were no specific plans in place.. totally me :D.. and it turned out perfect! I had a good time with friends while Ammu bonded very well with my friend’s lil one.
Now, we’re back in Blore and hoping to visit Durga pooja pandals in the coming days..with sis n family!!
Some pics of Mysore palace that I’d clicked a couple of years ago..
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