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  • Dussehra 2017: This is how the festival is celebrated in different Indian states

    India is a land of festivals. The harmony of different cultures and traditions is best experienced during festivals in the country. One can experience ‘Unity in diversity’ during Dussehra celebrations that take place in every state of the country. The festival is a triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness. Also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara, Durgotsav, the tenth day of Navratri is not only celebrated in India but also in

  • Navratri 2017: US Consulate in Mumbai organises friendly Dandiya competition; see pics, videos

    The festival of Navratri is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals. The nine-day long festival is celebrated to honour Goddess Durga. Each day, one of her nine different forms is worshipped. Many fast and avoid food grains like rice, wheat and pulses for nine consecutive days. But Navratri is also popular for its vibrant garba and dandiya nights. What is Navratri without some good ol’ fashioned dandiya? Garba and dandiya

  • Watch Video! Experience Silent Garba this Navratri 2017

    Mumbai: Nowadays, the entire world has been getting to know a new concept of disco which is called Silent Disco. Well, this widely popular concept has also been used in Karan Johar’s last film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in the Break-Up song. By that, people of India, have gotten to know about this new concept. However, it seems like Indians have started loving it so much that they themselves implemented this concept

  • Sharad Utsav Navratri 2017! Enjoy Special Garba night with Falguni Pathak at Ghatkopar; full details

    Mumbai: Navratri 2017 is so far going very well with people as many organisers have organised Garba and Dandiya nights at various places in western and central suburbs of Mumbai. However, there is one place in Mumbai where Garba lovers gather more to celebrate this nine-day festival with full of joy which is none other than Ruparel Navratri Utsav 2017, Kandivali West, which is headed by the ultimate Garba queen

  • Indore: ‘We pray to god in heaven but often fail to recognise the goddesses among us’

    Indore: While people worship idols and pray to goddess for power during Navratri, Medi-Caps International School organised ‘matru pujan’ on the school premises on Wednesday.  The event organised under the guidance of Garg family that directs the functioning of school, was aimed at educating children about the power of women and their contribution in our lives and society. The ceremony was separately held for students of both senior and junior blocks of

  • Indore: Fasting to feasting, celebrating Navratri in own sweet way

    Indore: Navratri is a festival celebrated across the country with people of all faiths taking part into it in different forms and in their own way. And here lies the best part of the festival– its universal appeal, for activities range from tough rituals like avoiding shoes, day-long fasting, special prayers to the goddess and preparing grand feast for little girls to gala parties and simple pandal hopping. Free Press finds out

  • Dussehra 2017: Wishes, images and greetings to share on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook

    Dussehra also called as Vijaya Dashami is the festival of victory of good over evil. It is believed that it was on Vijaya Dashami when Goddess Durga attained victory over the demon Mahishasura after fighting with him for nine nights. The festival also marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana after the latter kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita. The festival is celebrated with much fervor not only in India

  • Navratri 2017: Now, donate to Lokhandwala Durgotsav online

    Mumbai: Devotees visiting Lokhandwala’s Durgotsav can now donate online through UPI (Unified Payment Interface) based payments. It is first not just for Lokhandwala Durgotsav to have UPI based payments but the first Durga puja pandal in India to accept donations online. Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who has been organising the puja for last 22 years, said, “We have been getting enquiry for online donations for a while. But when Yes Bank

  • Dussehra 2017: Significance, tithi, celebration and all you need to know

    Vijayadashami also known as Dussehra or Dasara is a festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It is the time of the year when we celebrate the victory of good over evil. The festival is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which falls in the Gregorian months of September or October.

  • Maha Saptami 2017: All you need to know about Navapatrika, Maha Snan, Pranpratistha

    Goddess Durga, also identified as Shakti, Bhavani and Adi Parashakti, is always depicted as a fearless Goddess whose mythology revolves around winning of good over evil. The word ‘Durga’ is associated with the word ‘Durg’ meaning a ‘fortress’. The word ‘Durga’ literally means impassable and inaccessible. Durga Puja is the most celebrated festival in India as well as Nepal. As per the Hindu lunisolar calendar, the Durga Puja falls in the month

  • Durga Puja 2017: Kolkata recreates Baahubali’s Mahismati Kingdom; check out images

    Kolkata Durga Puja pandals always remain in headlines for their uniqueness as every year there is something special and innovative they offer for the devotees. This year too, Sreebhumi Sporting club in Kolkata has decorated their puja pandal in one of the most unique ways. We all must have watched SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali’. The palace of Baahubali’s Mahishmati has been recreated by the Sreebhumi Sporting club puja committee through their

  • Navratri 2017: Video of women performing ‘Garba’ in Mumbai local goes viral

    Navratris are on, which usually means lots of festivities, friends and family coming together, and let’s not forget the late Garba and Dandiya nights. While people wait all day for the sun to go down and rush to various outdoor events for Garba, some can’t seem to get over the excitement even in a local train. There is one video that is going viral on the internet. With their festive hearts in

  • Navratri 2017: Noise pollution rules in Mumbai blatantly broken amidst buzz

    Mumbai: As the festival of Navratri has arrived with its festival buzz, the rules for the noise pollution has been broken once again. This is not the first case as many times in the past the rules have been violated according to whims and fancies of the Navratri enthusiasts. The celebrations are drawing lakhs of people and despite noise pollution guidelines set in place which mandate that music systems be put

  • Navratri 2017: ‘Judwaa 2’ stars Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu rock in dandiya night with Garba Queen Falguni Pathak

    Mumbai: On Saturday night, Judwaa 2 stars Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu visited Falguni Pathak’s dandiya night to promote their upcoming film Judwaa 2 on the occasion of Navratri 2017. Reportedly, the trio had a lot of fun with the garba queen as they made this Navratri even more special by doing garba with the crowd in Borivali.

  • Durga Puja 2017: All you need to know about Durga Puja’s 5-day events; what they mean

    Mumbai: Durga Puja is considered as auspicious day as it is celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that on this day Maa Durga has killed the demon Mahishasura. Durga Puja 2017 will start from September 26 and end on September 30 and, be it Bengal, Assam or Maharashtra, the festival will be celebrated with great fervour with slight differences here and there. Every city will have brightly decorated

  • Durga Puja 2017: Rituals, its significance, and all you need to know about Maa Durga

    Mumbai: Durga Puja pandals are gearing up to celebrate the festival by making replicas of different structures. Juhu-based famous mandal North Bombay Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti, which is celebrating 70 years, is one of the oldest and biggest Durga Puja mandals, founded by Padmashri Sasadhar Mukerji and Shrimati. Durga Puja is celebrated from Shasti to Bijoya Dashimi.

  • Navratri songs

    Navratri 2017: From Dholi Taro to Shubharamb, Bollywood playlist for Garba nights

    Navratri, the nine-day festival, adds colours, charm and drama to our usual mundane life. The festival brings out the madness with people singing and dancing away into the wee hours of the night. The festival is just incomplete without Bollywood tracks to move and groove. From ‘Dholi Taro’ from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam to Shubhaarambh song from Kai Po Che, Bollywood has continued the tradition to rock Navratri celebration over the