Shree Bharatiya Mandal (SBM, Indian Community Centre) Ashton Under Lyne is all geared up to celebrate Navratri – festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga which symbolises purity and power. Asian Lite reports.
People from Tameside area will come to Shree Bharatiya Mandal (SBM, Indian Community Centre) Ashton Under Lyne to enjoy a mix of high-energy band music performances, singing and dancing during Navratri that begins on October 13.
Manhar Taylor Vice President of the centre informed Asian Lite that the Mandal has been celebrating the Navratri ever since the establishment of SBM in 1964.
Navratri festival combines ritualistic puja and fasting and is accompanied by resplendent celebrations for nine consecutive days and nights.
During Navratri, people will gather in their place of worship to perform ‘puja’
on small shrines representing different aspects of Goddess Durga, including
Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Chanting of mantras and renditions of bhajans and folk songs usually accompany the puja rituals for nine consecutive days of Navratri.
Defining both the religious and cultural themes, Navratri celebrations are seeped in traditional music and dance – Garba which is a devotional dance form that derives from the folklore of Lord Krishna singing and dancing with the gopis using ‘dandiya’ or slim wooden sticks. ‘Raas Garba’ has also evolved to include steps like ‘Dodhiyu’, ‘Trikoniya’, ‘Lehree’ and several others.
What’s more, with time, Navratri festival has seen changes in celebrations with well-choreographed dance performances, high-end acoustics and people dressed in made-to-order, bright costumes. Ramanbhai Mistry Trustee and a founder member added, “apart from Dandia, Raas Garba we have introduced Thali (plate) decorations and fancy dress in form of traditional Indian Costumes to get younger generation to get involved in festival”.