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  • Navratri 2018: Indian scientist and his friends denied entry to play garba in US, organizers claim last name, looks weren’t “Hindu”

    Ahmedabad: An expat scientist from Gujarat has tweeted that he and his friends were denied entry into a “garba” dance event in Atlanta in the US after organisers allegedly said that their last names and look weren’t “Hindu”. Karan Jani (29), hailing from Vadodara, is an astrophysicist in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), a large-scale physics experiment and observatory operated by Caltech and MIT to detect cosmic gravitational waves. “Year 2018 and

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    Durga Puja 2018: Our guide to durga pandal hopping in Mumbai

    Durga Puja is around the corner. The five-day festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervour. The real charm of the festival can only be witnessed in West Bengal, especially in Kolkata with innovative theme pandals, traditional rituals, food, and fun. Though the festival in Kolkata is larger than life experience, the Bengalis in Mumbai recreate the magic. Durga Puja in Mumbai may not be glitzy and loud as in Kolkata but

  • West Bengal: ‘Padmaavat’ returns as Durga puja theme in two pandals

    Kolkata: The Chittorgarh fort as seen in the period film ‘Padmaavat’ was recreated by two crowd-pulling Durga Puja pandals here. Both the Sribhumi Sporting Club and the Md Ali Park puja committees modelled their pandals on the famous fort of Rajasthan, but the idea behind it was different, officials of the two organisations said.

  • Indore: October Fest, Where spirituality merges with tradition

    Though present day garba is mostly about competition, dressing -up and dancing with celebrities, there is a place in city where garba is only about devotion, worship and prayers. One can experience this traditional style of garba at Lal Gali neak Kothari Market opposite Jail Road. Known for being the oldest garba in the city where people from all walks of life dance and pray for Goddess Shakti, its ambience takes visitors

  • Indore: Here, police shed khaki to mingle with divine

    Indore Imagine cops celebrating, dancing and worshipping the feminine form calmly. It is not usual image of cops, especially traffic policemen. Surprising visitors, cops not only participate but also organise garba every year during Navratri in MTH compound. Handling different responsibilities, a committee of policemen and traffic policemen built a temple in MTH compound 35 years back. The committee is headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Santosh Kumar Upadhyay.

  • Navratri 2018: Egged on by in-house devis, men too adopt dress code

     Mumbai: Egged on by the devis at home, men too have started to become colour-compliant during Navratri. On Wednesday, it was mostly a sea of blue, while on Friday, several unflinchingly sported yellow hues. Some have been following the tradition for years, while others follow their wives’ code. All nine days of the festival are dedicated to a distinct avatar of the goddess, and each of these days has a colour assigned

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    Navratri 2018: From Kamariya to Dholi Taro, 10 Bollywood songs for garba-dandiya nights

    Navratri is already here, adding colours, charm, and drama to our usual mundane life. The nine-day festival is filled with vibrant clothes, heavy jewellery, and delicious food. But the highlight of the festival is the garba and dandiya we do during the festival. 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

  • Mumbai: Goddess came in disguise of woman cop to help her devotee

    MUMBAI: The goddess Durga came in disguise of a female police constable and saved a fellow policeman on Wednesday, which marked the first day of Navratri. Manisha Vispute, who is attached to Kherwadi police station played the good samaritan as she saved the life of a fellow constable who was feeling uneasy due to chest pain and rushed him to a private hospital for treatment.

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    Navratri 2018: Do’s and don’ts during the nine-day festival to please Goddess Durga

    Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ and is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga and her nine manifestations. It is believed that the goddess descends upon earth. Devotees fast during the nine-days, while some prefer doing it on the first and last day of Navratri, to seek Goddess Durga’s blessings. There are certain routine tasks that are prohibited during the festival, as it is believed that not abiding these rituals forbids from seeking

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    Navratri 2018: Wishes, greetings, images to share on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook

    Navratri, the nine-day festival celebrates the nine manifestations of the Goddess Durga. The nine goddess are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. Each goddess has her governing planet, mantra, mount, and iconography. In 2018, Navratri begins on October 10 and ends on October 18. On the occasion of Navratri here’s a collection of wishes and greetings in English/Hindi/Marathi to share on SMSes, WhatsApp and Facebook with your near

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    Navratri 2018: From Falguni Pathak to Preeti-Pinky, bookmark these garba – dandiya events in Mumbai

    It’s the time of the year when we are all set with our color-coordinated costumes, matching accessories and not to forget the dancing shoes for non-stop dance and fun for all the nine-nights. It’s Navratri. If you love garba and dandiya, then get ready to groove and dance the evening away. If you haven’t found your spot, don’t fret! We will be handing you a list of the top 10 places that

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    Shardiya Navratri 2018: Significance, history, legend, calendar and all you need to know

    Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, symbolises the victory of positivity over negativity. During this nine-day festival, nine different manifestations of the Goddess is worshipped. The nine goddesses are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. Each goddess has her governing planet, mantra, mount, and iconography. There are four Navratri in a year – Chaitra Navratri, Sharad Navratri, Magha Gupta Navratri, and Ashadha Gupta Navratri. Out of which

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    Ghatasthapana 2018: Significance, puja vidhi, tithi and all you need to know

    Navratri, the nine-day long festival, is celebrated across India during the autumn season. The festival begins with Ghatasthapana also known as Kalashsthapana, a traditional ritual that symbolises the commencement of the occasion for nine-days. In 2018, Sharadiya Navratri begins on October 10 and ends on October 18.

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    Navratri 2018: Know the difference between Navratri and Durga Puja

    Navratri and Durga Puja have been celebrated by Hindus with great pomp and vigour since time immemorial. As similar and distinct these two cultures are, they both celebrate and worship Goddess Durga. Durga Puja is celebrated by the Bengalis. This festival is close to the heart of every Bengali. They are a variety of scrumptious food prepared. Navratri, however, is a festival, native to Gujaratis. Navratri is a festival of colour and

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    Navratri 2018: 7 eco-friendly ways to decorate your house this Navratri

    Navratri is here and you must have already done with all your preparations. The festival is spread across nine-nights and is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country. Many people observe Navratri vrat to seek blessings of Goddess Durga, while others enjoy the festival by participating in garba and dandiya events. The festival also calls for decoration. If you are planning to adorn your home in an eco-friendly way,

  • Navratri Special! This video of ‘Chinese Garba’ will make you leave your seat and dance; Watch

    Navaratri is just round the corner and people already have started preparing for the garba-dandiya nights. Garba, a famous Gujarati dance form is spread in many countries and we have come across a video which is proof of how the dance and it’s steps are famous around the world. A video of thousands of Chinese doing garba is doing the rounds and entrepreneur Anand Mahindra came across the same who then shared the

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