“Kuch din to guzaro Gujarat mein,” Amitabh Bachchan sends this powerful invite to all Indians as a part of Gujarat tourism initiative. If this statement doesn’t coax you to pack your bags and head to Gujarat, then the splendour of Navratri will.
Navratri – The spirit of this festival engulfs Gujarat like no other for 9 consecutive nights. The aura is so contagious that it is impossible not to blend in with the festive fervour of Gujarat and join in to celebrate the Goddess’ powerful nine avatars. So, we urge you to make a vacation plan this year to Gujarat during Navratri.
The Story Behind Navratri
There is an interesting story behind the celebration of Navratri. And it’s not about dance. It’s about the victory of good over evil.
Here’s how the story goes. Mahishasur, a demon was offered a vardhaan by Lord Agni that he could not be killed by any weapon. Overwhelmed with his assumed immortality, he began to use his power against the weak. Unable to deal with the situation, the Gods sought the help of Lord Shiva, who asked them to invoke the Goddess Shakti. That’s how Adhya Shakti was born from Lord Shiva’s heart. For nine straight days, Adhya Shakti with the lion as her vehicle fought Mahishasur. She beheaded him on the 10th day, known as Vijayadashmi.
The festival began to honour the victory of Adhya Shakti over the demon Mahishasur, but today it has undergone a phenomenal metamorphosis. Thousands of people come together to dance and make merry while worshipping the Goddess’ nine different forms in this nine-day long festival. This makes Navratri one of the world’s longest and most celebrated dance festivals.
Fun fact: You don’t dance garba, you play garba.
Significance of the nine Navratri colours of 2019
During Navratri, you’ll see vibrant colours right from dresses to decorations around you. Colours play a significant role in Navratri festivities. There are nine colours of Navratri and each colour that dazzles our eyes has a profound meaning behind it.
Every year the colours remain the same, but the order changes and that depends on the day Navratri falls. Let’s find out the Navratri colours for 2019 and what they signify.
Day 1: Grey – Symbolises a connection with the divine power that also protects you.
Day 2: Orange – Symbolises fame, name and money.
Day 3: White – Symbolises peace, purity, prayer and stability.
Day 4: Red – Symbolises power, fervour and passion.
Day 5: Sky Blue – Symbolises faith and immensity.
Day 6: Pink – Symbolises hope, new beginnings and freshness of perspective.
Day 7: Royal Blue – Symbolises strong energy and tranquillity.
Day 8: Yellow – Symbolises confidence, optimism and happiness.
Day 9: Green – Symbolises prosperity and unconditional love.
Best city in Gujarat to celebrate the festival is Vadodara
All of India celebrates Navratri but nothing beats the spirit of Gujarat during these 9 nights. Night after night, people from this state and from around India and the world gather around in different cities to celebrate the 9-day long festival.
While the entire state revels in colour, there’s definitely something different about Vadodara. It hosts the largest garba in the state and most probably the largest in the country – The United Way of Garba, Vadodara.
If this reason doesn’t impress you, then you should visit Vadodara to witness the grandeur of this event. The euphoria of playing garba at a public event, spontaneously syncing steps and twirls with one lakh of people is an experience you may have never witnessed before. Singer Atul Purohit has made a significant contribution to the growing popularity of this 32-year old event.
Other popular places in Gujarat for Navratri
- Navratri Event at the Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad
- Vibrant Gujarat Navratri Festival, Ahmedabad
- Rajpath Club, Ahmedabad
- Vadodara Navratri Festival, Vadodara
- University of Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara
- Race Course, Rajkot
- Ena Navratri Mahotsav, Surat
- Neel’s City Resort, Rajkot
- Shankus Dandiya, Surat
Tips for a successful visit to Gujarat for Navratri
- Gujarat is hot and humid during Navratri, and the massive crowd makes things worse. Be sure to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Consider your trip incomplete if you haven’t bought appropriate clothes for the occasion. Ghagra Choli for women and Kurta Pyjama or Dhoti for men. Pick up the outfits from local shops in Gujarat.
Pro Tip: Most of the shops remain closed during Navratri while some are open only on certain days. Shopping one or two days before the festival begins is recommended.
- The garba is played well past midnight. So, make sure you sleep well the day before.
- You must try the Gujarati dishes like Gathiya, Khandvi, Dhokla among others available at the stalls put up at the venue.
- While you are in Gujarat for Navratri, extract more out of your visit. Plan an itinerary to experience the other side of Gujarat – the one that is full of rich, cultural heritage and beautiful temples. A must-visit is the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue and the Gir National Park.
- Spending these 9 days with splendour comes with a cost. Sure, you may have budgeted for the visit, but 9 days is a long time to stay immune to last-minute surprises. So, get yourself a ready line of credit which can come handy in case of emergencies.
Embrace Navratri with open arms, fill your heart with joy and eyes with wonder at the bedazzling sights you witness during Navratri. “Kuch din guzaro Gujarat mein,” and Gujarat is sure to captivate you with its splendour and grandeur.
If a vacation wasn’t on your cards at the moment but you’re enticed to make a trip to Gujarat during Navratiri, you absolutely should grab the opportunity. Our credit line can also be used as a quick travel loan that you can pay back in easy EMIs. So, what are you waiting for? Plan you trip to Gujarat now – you won’t regret it!