Navratri is approaching fast. As children, Navratri was an extremely enjoyable festival. Every evening a fortnight before the festival began, we would dress up and rush for Dandiya practice. I also loved sitting by my mother’s feet at night, listening to stories about powerful gods and goddesses, whose victory we celebrated every year. No matter how tired I was after dancing, I would nag my mother after coming home, till she gave in and narrated stories till I nodded off.
Here are some of the most popular legends behind why we celebrate Navratri:
Navratri story: The Original Legend
Navratri story: The killing of Mahishasura
Navratri story: The killing of Ravana
Navratri story: Distribution of “Gold” Leaves
What stories have you heard? Are they any different from those above? Share with us, let us spread the light!