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Navarathri Festival, Tamil Nadu

Festival of nine nights: ‘ Navam ’ indicates nine and 'rathri' indicates night. It truly is the festival of Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The first 3 days are devoted to Durga or Parvathi, the goddess of valour. The next three days are dedicated to Lakshmi or goddess of prosperity along with the last 3 days are dedicated to Saraswathi, the goddess of learning. Around the ninth day, a pooja for Saraswathi is carried out inside a standard way by piling up books in an orderly way. This day is referred to as ' Ayudha Pooja ' ¬on this day all the machines, tools, instruments and vehicles are cleaned and arranged in order and worshipped. The vehicles are adorned with flowers and plantain saplings. This festival can also be recognized as Dussehra. It's also referred to as Durga Pooja. The next day is referred to as ' Vijayadasami ' or even the day of victory.

For the duration of this period most with the Hindus celebrate Kolu festival and even in temples Durga or the main female deity is specially decorated in various ways and kept within the main hall for worship. Within the houses, dolls are arranged on steps numbering 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 along with the hall is decorated with festoons. Dolls of different deities and ordinary life scenes and of a secular nature are also erected. Daily visitors are invited and Prasadam can also be provided. The origin of this festival is traced to the Vijayanagar period. Doll exhibitions and sales are also arranged for the duration of this time. Especially the ones at Khadi Bhavan and Kuralagam in Chennai are feast towards the eyes. People throng in large number to these locations to see and enjoy them as well as to purchase the dolls, the prices of which range from Rs.1/¬- to Rs. 5,000/-. The Ramakrishna Mutt at Mylapore celebrates the Durga Pooja for the duration of these ten days, as it celebrates the festivals of all religions and faiths, and around the final day a big image of Kali is taken in procession and immersed inside the sea. These ten gay days are full of visitors, visiting and feasts. Kids wear fancy dresses. The temples overflow with devotees.