Navaratri: When Devi Comes Home
Editors: Bibek Debroy and Anuradha Goyal
Publisher: Rupa Publication
One of the most awaited times of the year in India is that of Navaratri when Indians fast and worship nine goddesses for nine days and celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is during this time when people participate in various celebratory gatherings/ events and enjoy time with their loved ones too. Sadly, not all of us know the significance of celebrating this festival. ‘Navaratri’, published by Rupa Publications, explores the origin of this festival and traces the various ways and customs according to which the people celebrate this festival. Whether it is celebrating through garba, a dance form, or celebrating under the humongous pandals set for Durga Puja, this book explores the diversity in the traditions.
‘Navaratri’ is a beautiful assemblage that takes you through different parts of our land and helps you imbibe the festive vibes and resonate with stories and practices that have been told and followed, respectively, for eons. It’s comprehensive yet interesting to read about it all. The writing is simple and the layout, beautiful. The cover needs a special mention as it is alluring!
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