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Navratri Garba

Navratri Garba 2017

Every year, Hindus celebrate Navratra with full of zeal, excitement and enthusiasm. Enjoyment of the festival becomes double when Garba is organized by the Puja Committee. Garba is a special dance form that is primarily performed during Navratra. It is organized in the Gujarati society mostly, but today it is getting into a trend across India and Hindus living abroad.

Navratri Garba

Happy 2017 Navratri Garba

Brightly-dressed people swirl in unison on the pace of dhol. It is mesmerized to see such dancers. Anyone can be a part of this traditional dance because steps are easy to learn. Usually, a few same steps are followed that is easy to remember.

Significance of Graba

Navratri is celebrated with a Garbo. A garbo is an earthen pot with holes in it which is placed in the worship area. There is a small earthan lamp called Diya is placed inside the holy pot. Gujratis lit the lamp for whole 9 days and some lit the lamp while organizing the dance. Garbo stands for Mata Amaba (Goddess Durga). The pot signifies as the womb and the Garbo word is drived from Garbha which is a Sanskrit word for womb. The dance word Garba is originated from Garbo. According to custom, dancers of Garbha make a circle and place the light in mid of the circle. They dance around the lamp with full of joy and energy. The dance forms are considered similar to the Sufi culture. The Garba dance shows that the womb is present in everyone. It also shows that everyone has divine energy. The dance brings people together.

It is believed that the dance form was first organized by Rani Rukhmini, Lord Krishn’s wife to celebrate Navratri in Dwarka.

Attire to Wear for the Dance

The dance is traditional. It is performed in a specific type of attire that is of bright colours. The traditional cloth is easily available in Gujarat cities. You may have to pay a little effort to look the kind of dress in Northern parts of India.

For women, the attire is called Ghagra-choli. The dress is so colourful. It has mirror work, embroidery and some bead work that glaze during dance. Traditional accessories like Kadas, Jhumkas and mang-tikas are worn with this attire.

For men, kediyu (a short kurta with a flare at the bottom) is worn. Kafni pyjamas is worn which is loose and breathable. Let’s enjoy the festival with full of spirit