The Navratri festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in India among Hindus. The festival that literally means 'Nine Nights' is celebrated all over the country. Apart from Kolkata, Gujarat and Mysore, Delhi also turns into a festive mood for these nine days.
Navratri is celebrated to worship the three forms of Goddess Shakti that are Goddess Lakshmi (of wealth), Goddess Durga (of destruction) and Goddess Saraswati (of knowledge). The first three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the next three days for Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days are used to worship Goddess Saraswati.
The whole Delhi city takes part in Navratri celebrations. If the nine days are spent in fasting for the Goddess, the nine nights are spent in celebrations. The whole city is decorated in colours and women can be seen singing and dancing to songs praising the Goddess at various temples.
The temple of Kalkaji is one of the temples that are known for the celebrations of Navratri in Delhi. The whole temple is beautifully adorned for nine days and grand offerings are given to the Goddess during this period.
A few hotels and restaurants in Delhi too take part in the celebrations by offering special delights to their customers. The Radisson Blue Hotel, the Nirulas, Suruchi and Haldiram's are popular for serving special dishes during Navratri season.
The epic of Ramayana are enacted by artists at different venues in Delhi like the Ramlila Maidan and other places. For nine days they show the story of Ramayana and on the tenth day the killing of Ravan is enacted by these artists.
The youngsters here dress up in colourful ethnic attires like ghagra choli and sherwani during the celebrations. The dandiya or garba dance are played in local communities. This is also a period when a lot of family gatherings happen in Delhi. The families interact with each other, share sweets and dishes they've made on Navratri and the younger generation too enjoy the whole spirit of the celebration.
Since Delhi is a blend of cultures from different parts of the country, the celebrations here are also different from the other places. You can find something different and unique here from the rest of the cities in India that celebrate Navratri.