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IN PHOTOS: Mumbai celebrates Navratri

Last updated on: September 30, 2011 11:13 IST

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As India celebrates Navratri (nine nights in Sanskrit) with great pomp and splendour, we bring you glimpses of festivities in Mumbai.

Navratri symbolises nine avatars of goddess Durga, who killed nine evil forces. Navratri begins from the first day of the bright fortnight of Ashwin, which usually coincides with the end of the rainy season.

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Image: A young reveller at the Goregaon sports club Sankalp garba dance in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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According to Hindu scriptures, the demon Mahishasur, after he was bestowed immortality by Lord Indra, ran amok on Earth and in heaven.

Tormented by Mahishasur and other asuras, the gods invoked Durga and sought her help to put a stop to their suffering.

Astride her lion and armed with her weapons, the 'shul' (pike), 'chakra' (wheel), 'parshu' (axe) and 'talvar' (sword), she fought the demons for nine days and nine nights, finally defeating them.

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Image: The devi idol installed by the Parel kamgar maidan navratri mandal in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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The Gujarat government has made elaborate security arrangements ahead of the Navratri festival beginning from Friday.

Gujarat, where the Navratri festival has been celebrated in traditional fervour and pomp, has been on alert and besides the state capital, security at cities like Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and other parts of the state has been increased, he said.

In order to ensure that the festival passes off peacefully, private security guards and additional closed circuit television (CCTVs) cameras have been installed at vantage points at the venues where garba (traditional navratri dance) is performed every night in the praise of goddess, police said.

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Image: A reveller show off her vibrant outfit at the Sankalp garba dance at Goregaon Sport Club in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Folk and fusion singer Falguni Phathak, who chose to celebrate Navratri in Gujarat, last year, is back in Mumbai this year.


Image: Falguni Pathak at Sankalp garba dance at Goregaon Sport Club in Mumbai
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Dandiya celebrations at Ghatkopar police ground. The nine nights of Navratri are replete with rituals, colour, mirth, dance and music.

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Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Women wearing colourful ghagra-cholis, bandhani dupattas and dazzling jewelry perform the traditional garba dance.

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Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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In Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated for four consecutive days. The last day of the Bengali festival is Dusshera in other parts of India.

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Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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The tenth day is Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera. It ushers in a new beginning -- where good has once again triumphed over evil.


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Musical groups are booked much in advance, while disco and/or film music replace devotional songs. For the young and restless, this is a good time to let their hair down and dance the night away.


Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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