Navratri - Golu in Chennai
Navratri represents celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Deity in form of Shakthi. Dasahara (10 days), became Dussehra in popular manner of speaking. The Navratri – 9 days festival of the various forms of Mother Mahisasuramardini (Durga) worshipped with dedication and devotion. The tenth day of this festival celebrated as Vijayadashami which is its finale.
Navratri festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, but every year the festival determined according the lunar calendar. Navratri celebrated in different ways throughout India. IN North India, it was being celebrated as nine different forms of Maa Durga. By fasting on all nine days. During this festival people do Bhajans at Temple. This Navratri is known as Durga Pooja in Eastern Part of India. Particularly in West Bengal Big Pandals were arranged. You can see the exquisitely crafted and decorated idols of Maa Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahisasura, Ganesha, Muruga in every pandal. During the last day of Pooja, the ladies used to put the kumkum to each other and also the Maa Durga's Idol.
Navarathri Golu in Western Part of India
In western part of India, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya dance. Particularly, in the State of Gujarat, the Government has been organizing, the Navarti Festival Celebrations. Playing Garb and Dandiya is very popular throughout India and around the world.
Celebration of Navratri or Golu in South India
In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as Golu. The Government has also set up the stalls to sell the different type of idol and other dolls in rebate. The number of steps normally odd numbers 1,3,5,7, 9 or 11. IN this the tope three steps are for God and Goddess which was started with Kumbham. The Next three steps are for the saints, Gurus, religious personalities. The seventh is for various social activies and festival. Normally people depict marriages and important festivals on this. Navatri, women in the house used to make Sundal which is made of different kind of dals during all the nine days. On the tenth day, i.e Vijadashami, the dolls are take out .
During this Golu festival all the girls who are pre-pubescent are ceremonially worshiped. Navratri is divided into sets of three days to adore the supreme goddess.
First Three Days are for Durga who is also known as Kali who destroys all the impurities.
The second three are for the Wealth Goddess, Lakshmi, who is considered to bestow her devotees the infinite wealth.
The final three days are for the Goddess Saraswati, wisdom of God. In order to get all round success in life, one needs the wisdom also.
In some parts of south India, Saraswati Pooja also perfomed as Ayudha pooja on the 9th days of Navratri. People clean all kinds of tools which they use to work and decorate and worship on these days along with the worship of Goddess. The 10th days if known as Vijayadashami. Many kindergarden schools are started teaching new children on that day.
Navarathri Golu in North India
In North India, during VijayaDashami, Ramlila was enacted ceremoniously during Dussehra; the effigies of Ravna, Kumbhakarna and Meghdoot are burnt to celebrate the victory of good over evil forces.
There are also people who do some delicious food on the 10 days of Navarathri Festival and this is how Navarathri is celebrated all over India. Navarathri Recipe is very famous all over India. People who come to the house to see the Golu decoration is given Navarathri Sundal.