Navratri- Celebrations in Kerala

21 Sep

Navratri exactly means “nine nights” is one of the best celebrated Hindu festivals in India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. In Kerala, Navratri signifies the starting of proper education for each child, aged between 3 -5 years. In temple during the celebration of Navratri, a separate puja will be held on all ten days. But the last three days puja has very great importance.

The last three days of concluding the puja are known as Durgashtami, mahanavami and vijayadasami. It is said that Durgashtami is the day of ayudya puja. At this day all the tools and vehicles of the home are worshipped. On the day of Durgashtami, a traditional event called Pujavaipu is performed in the evening and due to this service any effort associated to studies is kept suspended and books are reserved away. Trodden rice, roasted paddy (malar), jaggery, fruits and so on are presented to Saraswati, as worshipping the divinity of knowledge in the next day called Mahanavami. Next morning of Vijayadasami after the puja, the books and the study materials which are kept for puja are taken away from the room and this ceremony is called `Puja Eduppu’.

At the last three concluding days of Saraswati puja in Kerala, the little children are taken to the temples where they are introduced with the alphabets before the image of Goddess of knowledge and language- Saraswati. From there they are to write for the first alphabets on the sand or rice and this observance of enlightenment of the child is known as `Ezhuthinu Iruthu’ or ‘Vidyarambham’. All the kids are prepared to stand in a line. The head priest tells the children to stick out their tongues, on which he writes ‘Shri’, using a gold ring. Every child has to bring a thali of rice from home, on which the parents, holding the finger of the child, help him write ‘Harishri Ganpati Namaye’. A child can start reading and writing only after this ceremony.

Navratri Festival 2011- September 28, 2011 to October 5, 2011

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5 Responses to “Navratri- Celebrations in Kerala”

  1. Mohammad Rashid Malamkunnu September 21, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy.
    Good Wishes for a joyous Navratri, with plenty of Peace and Prosperity!
    happy navaratri in advntz

    • seejarajan September 21, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      Thank you rashi..:) Wish you the same..:)

  2. suzicate September 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    What a lovely photograph and interesting post to read.

    • seejarajan September 22, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you so much.. Hope you will have a great time here..

  3. Mohammad rashid malamkunnu October 4, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Ohh

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