Traditions/Rituals
The nine-day cultural extravaganza wraps the entire Gujarat during the first nine days of Ashwina. The festival is dedicated to goddess Amba, Godess of Shakti or forces which supports the entire universe. During Navratri, a pot with attractive designs is ceremoniously placed a light is placed inside. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited.
Interesting feature of navratri is the " garba " , a circular dance Performed by women around an earthenware pot called a " garbo ", filled With water. As the dancers whirl around the pot, a singer and a drummer Provide the musical accompaniment. The dance usually starts slowly, it gets Faster and faster as the music too gets more rapid. Another dance which is Also a feature of navaratri is the " dandia - ras " or ' stick dance ', in Which men and women join the dance circle, holding small polished sticks or Dandias together, adding to joyous atmosphere. The dances usually commence Late in the night and continue until early morning, testifying to their Great popularity.

Location
Gujarat

Time
October - 9thDays