Oddest Navratri Traditions That You Might Not Have Heard of

Maha-Navratri is upon us The Maha-Navratri festival is upon us, and India is getting ready for the nine-day festival that is dedicated to the Goddess Mother. Different traditions are prevalent in different regions of India and some are quite bizarre as well. Below are a few of the oddest Navratri traditions that you might not have heard of:

Animal Sacrifice in Rajasthan

The sacrifice of animals in the month of Navratri is more frequent than you think! Rajasthan's Rajputs Rajasthan is known to offer the sacrifice of a goat or buffalo to their family goddess during Navratri. The Hindu temples of West Bengal and Assam have been famous for witnessing the sacrifice of chickens, goats, and buffaloes.

Worshipping Weapons

Astra Puja simply is the worship of weapons. Also called Ayudha Puja, it's an Indian custom that is observed by India's South Indian states of India on the 9th day of Navratri. The soldiers worship weapons as artisans revere their tools. Although the original puja involved worshipping war weapons but today, even tools such as plows and typewriters are highly revered. The puja is dedicated to the job and recognizes the fact that God assists in the day-to-day job.

Sowing of Barley

Barley is a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and growth. This is why it's a major feature during the festival of Navratra as well! The barley that is sown during the Navratra festival is believed to be a positive sign and it believes that the length and quality of the shoots will decide the amount of wealth and prosperity the family will gain in the next year.

The 9-Day Colour Code

Every day of the festivity is dedicated to a specific color, and people meticulously match their outfits to the theme of color. Here's a brief description of the color code which is observed for the celebration of Navratri:

Day 1: Red

Day 2: Blue

Day 3: Yellow

Day 4: Green

Day 5: Grey

Day 6: Orange

Day 7: White

Day 8: Pink

Day 9: Sky Blue

Doll-Worship (Kolu) in South India

Navratri can be described as Kolu in the southern states, a display and figurine celebration in which dolls are revered. Kolu is typically accompanied by a show of culture that tells stories of the Ramayan. Kolu is not restricted to India by itself. Many Asian countries, including Sri Lanka and Japan, also celebrate the festival.

Navratri Fact File

Did you have any idea? 9 types of Shakti (Mother Goddess) are revered at Maha Navratri, with each form representing a different aspect of Mother's power and charisma.

Five types of Navratri celebrations are held throughout the entire year. Maha Navratri over September-October being the largest celebration of the festival.

Each region in India celebrates the 9-day festival in its own distinct method. In the celebrations in North India, fasting is performed on all nine days, and in Gujarat and other regions west of India dances like Garba and Dandiya, Rasas are prominent in the celebrations. West Bengal celebrates it in the form of Durga Puja as Kolu can be celebrated throughout South India.

India is an intriguing land of customs and traditions, and in a country that is as large as ours, it comes as no shock that every region has its own unique way of celebration. The festivities during Navratri can differ from region to region however, it's not a sign of the absence of enthusiasm or excitement.

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