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ShiviOctober 29, 202013min17890

Navratri Celebration in Gujarat

One of the most awaited festivals in the colourful state of Gujarat is Navratri. Celebrated on the first nine days of Ashwin month, devotees keep fast for 9 days and worship Maa Shakti. In the evening, an earthen pot with holes and diyas inside, also known as “Garbi”, is lighted and women perform arti with it. 

 

Gujarat Navratri

 

During Navratri, Garba dance and Dandiya Raas are popular forms of dances performed by both men and women, wearing their traditional dresses.

 

 

Gujarat Navratri

Navratri Celebration in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam &Bihar

 

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In the eastern part of India, in the states of West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Navratri is celebrated as Durga Puja and it is observed in the last four days of Navratri. These days are referred to as Saptami, Ashthami, Navami and Dashami. Durga Puja is the main festival of the people of West Bengal.

 

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Durga Puja is celebrated with great pomp and glitter in various parts of the states in big pandals, where large sized idols of Goddess Durga on her lion, demon Mahishasur, Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are erected. Men and women come wearing their best colourful dresses. It is a very common sight to see Bengali women wearing their traditional red saree, decked up completely. 

 

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The sounds of Dhol, Dhak, Dhunuchi nachh, the fragrance of agarbattis fill the air with freshness and purity. The celebrations of Durga Puja in West Bengal should be “must-watch” for everyone once in his lifetime.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Tamil Nadu

Navratri is also celebrated in Tamil Nadu as a religious celebration to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati in the nine special nights. These three goddesses are worshipped for three days each. Friends, relatives and neighbours are invited and clothes, jewelleries, sweets and other gifts are exchanged among them.

 

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One interesting feature as a part of the celebration is the decoration of the “Kolu” which is actually a staircase having 9 stairs, representing the 9 nights and each stair is decorated with beautiful dolls, and idols of gods and goddesses. It is said that the dolls that are used are handed over from generation to generation.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration Andhra Pradesh

The “Kolu” celebration of Navratri in Tamil Nadu is celebrated as “Batukamma Panduga” in Andhra Pradesh, which means “Come Alive Mother Goddess”. The nine nights are dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Women make a beautiful flower stack known as “Batukamma”, which is arranged with seasonal flowers. 

 

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Women wear new saree and jewellery, perform puja in front of the Batukamma for 9 days and then on the last day they set afloat their Batukammas in a lake or any other water body.

Navratri Celebration in Kerala

In Kerala, Navratri is celebrated in the last three days and Keralites give importance to learning during these three days. They place books and musical instruments in front of Ma Saraswati’s idol on Ashtami, and worship the books and Ma Saraswati till Dashami. On Dashami, the books are taken out for reading.

 

 

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Navratri Celebration in Karnataka

It is a strange fact that even today people in Karnataka celebrate the 9 nights of Navratri in the same manner as was celebrated way back in 1610 by the great Vijayanagara dynasty. Navratri is known as “Naada Habba” in Karnataka. 

 

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The rituals include elephants’ procession on the streets, including fairs and exhibitions of handicrafts and artifacts.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Maharashtra

The celebrations are similar to Gujarat. Navratri in Maharashtra implies new beginnings. Hence, purchasing of a home or a car or new business deals or engagement is very common during this time. Married women invite their female friends, put haldi and kumkum on their foreheads and gift them with a coconut, beetle leaves and beetle nuts. 

 

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This gesture is referred to as “Saumangalyam” which means remaining the wife of her husband till her death. Each and every locality in Maharashtra has its own garba and dandiya nights celebrations.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Himachal Pradesh

For the Hindus in Himachal Pradesh, Navratri is a great celebration. Here, the celebration starts on the tenth day of Navratri when the festival ends in other states. 

 

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People celebrate the tenth day, also known as “Kullu Dussehra” as the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. On this day, the idols from the temples are taken out in processions. 

 

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During the Navratri festival, the devotees visit various temples in Kangra, Una and Bilaspur districts of himachal Pradesh to pay worship to Goddess Durga.

 

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Navratri Celebration in Punjab

In Punjab, the people keep fast on the first 7 days of Navratri and end their fast on Ashthami or Navami by worshipping 9 little girls and a boy, which is known as “Kanjika”. The Punjabis organize jagratas where they keep awake the whole night and worship Goddess Shakti.

 

 

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ShiviOctober 5, 202011min8130

 

Le Meridien Delhi

 

When it comes to chic décor and stunning amenities with state-of-the-art architecture, what can beat a staycation at one of the prestigious hotel chains worldwide. Yes, I’m talking about Le Meridien Delhi, India. Originally headquartered in France and the United Kingdom, Marriott now owns the chain.

 

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So what this small blog all about.

I got an opportunity to have a luxurious staycation at Le Meridien during the COIVD times. Yes, do not worry folks, it was all safe and we are safe. A home away from away experience we witness for 2 nights and 3 days at Le Meridien hotel Delhi.

 

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They offer a variety of selective villas and suites as per your taste. Our team was lucky to have the best of the rooms out here. For sure this property is for people who love to enjoy finer things in life while travelling.

 

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I had a short stay, but was fulfilling. When we all are facing tough times because of the pandemic, getting this one was bliss for our team. Needless to mention that the entire staff was well prepared about all the safety measures as per the Government guidelines. Apart from this, the team ensured to maintain social distancing and hygiene in all perspectives. They also comply with the food standards and new food safety guidelines of FSSAI.

 

Le Meridien Delhi Lounge

 

The time from the arrival until we checked out everything was in place and this is not just to write a blog for. I mean it. They were all prepared. Right from the arrival where our luggage was to be sanitized, and we needed to go through thermal temperature scanning, to our mobile check-in, all guest service delivery standards are as per the new normal was taken care of.

 

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The rooms are minimalistic and are offering a diverse array of new amenities that will include sanitizers, wipes, masks and contactless menus. They have also ensured cleaning all high and low touch points after regular intervals. And are maintaining the highest standard of hygiene and safety in their restaurants, where one now order from their device and pay electronically.

 

Le Meridien Lobby Delhi

 

Our staycation package was an ideal one and allowed us to have a much-needed retreat from the monotonous routine. What else you would ask for in COVID times? They are also offering 50% off on kids’ room. Overall, it can be the best choice for your family and friends to hang out for a short period or maybe for a longer duration. The packages are quite satisfying inclusive all the major amenities for a luxury hotel to endure.

Enjoy your family bonding time with –

Complimentary breakfast

Late checkout till 3 PM

24-hour check-in and out

Car wash and sanitation

Valet parking

The proximity of this hotel has views of Rashtrapati Bhawan and parliament especially from the Executive rooms that are on the 16th Floor. These rooms had in-house bathtub and other luxurious amenities in the bathroom.

 

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We had one Presidential suite, which was superfluously spacious and modern interiors. The interiors are subtle and soothing to your mood.

 

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There are 3 bathrooms in presidential suite. They are luxurious with stunning bathtubs and ample space to spend good time. 

 

Presedential suite

 

For a foodie like me, I enjoyed almost everything from Mexican to Indian. From Italian to desserts, the food is delicious. Their biryani, dosa, French fries, parathas, pasta, sandwiches were good to taste. We ordered all the food in the room only due to safety measures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although we did not find much variety of food due to pandemic but they arranged some mouth-watering food. If you are there, do not miss the Nero Bar that has 3D effect lightings to amaze you and enjoy disco and bar. Longitude is their coffee shop and ONE is their restaurant.

 

Nero Bar

 

 

 

With the epitome of world-class architecture and international amenities, Le Meridien is one of the best staycation five-star hotels for you and your loved ones. So when are you visiting?

 

 

 

 

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