Navratri is a Hindu festival that lasts nine nights and 10 days. This year it is celebrated from September 26th through October 5th. The festival is devoted to the Divine Mother or Shakti. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, as Dharma overcomes Adharma with the blessing of Goddess Durga.
According to mythology, Lord Rama, In order to release Sita from the clutches of the powerful demon king Ravana, prayed to Goddess Durga in nine different aspects for nine days in order to gain the strength and power to kill Ravana. The nine nights became known as Navratri, while the tenth day, when Rama killed Ravana, that day is known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.
Today at Evergreen ADHC the festivities kicked off with ghatasthapana, which was attended by our participants and staff members. The procession was marked by devotional songs, and doing Garba everyday by all the participants. During the next 9 days participants will congregate every day in the morning for special pooja and prayers like chanting, Aarti, and Garba.