As the festival season is about to unfold with Navratri and Durgotsav, hectic preparations are being made across the city to herald its arrival.
In each sector in the city there are at least one or two Navratri pandals which organize Dandiya and Garba each evening. Preparations for Dandiya dance competitions are being done at various stadia, grounds and clubs. While some still follow the traditional approach to celebrations, but most are opting for ‘Disco Remix Dandiya’.
Kannan Iyer, secretary, Vashi Fine Arts (VFAS) informed, “Women’s wing of VFAS will be celebrating Navratri at Kannada Sangha Hall, behind Vashi Bus Depot, Sector 9A, Vashi from 11 to 13 October. Major cultural event include ‘Bommai Kolu’ a process of arranging of dolls in traditional South Indian style for three days with pujas daily in the forenoon and evenings”.
Kiran Stanley, vice-president, Nerul Gymkhana informs, “We will be organising traditional Garba and Dandiya only for two days, in the evenings of October 15-16 at Nerul Gymkhana premises”.
Resident of Nerul Kavita Santosh Biswas informs, “During first three days of Navratri, Durga Mata is invoked to destroy all impurities and negativity. For the next three days, Goddess Lakshmi is invoked to bestow limitless wealth and prosperity. For the last three days, Goddess of wisdom, Saraswati is invoked to seek blessings for all round success in life. Hence wealth, prosperity and success are endowed upon the devotees to cross all difficulties of life”.
She adds, “People spend thousands of rupees on traditional costumes, jewellery and accessories associated with the festival. But it is important to wear right colour of the day. Legend has it, that Goddess Durga wore a different coloured saree for each of the nine days of Navratri”.
According to her, the colours to sport during Navratri are:
Pratipada: October 8 – Dark Green
Dwitiya: October 9 – Orange
Tritiya: October 10 – White
Chaturthi: October 11- Red
Panchami: October 12- Blue
Shasti: October 13- Yellow
Saptami: October 14 – Peacock Green
Ashtami: October 15 – Parrot Green
Navami: October 16 – Purple
— Jaspal Singh Naol