Down below, we have four states each celebrating it in unique ways. Tamil Nadu celebrates Navratri by organizing Kolu/Golu, a series of narrative display arrangements of dolls, typically conveying a story or legend from the epics. Kerala adds an emphasis on education and worships the Goddess Saraswati in the last three days. Books are placed in pooja rooms or the shrines of temples where they are worshipped for the three days. On the last day, children are initiated into education by a process called ‘Vidyarambham’ where they are made to draw runes or letters from shlokas on a platter of rice. The books are then ceremoniously taken out and read.
In Andhra Pradesh, it is celebrated as Batukamma Panduga, worshipping the Goddess Maha Gauri. Women and children come together on the first day to make a ‘Batukamma’, seasonal flowers stacked in a concentric arrangement. On the final day, the Batukamma is floated into nearby water bodies. The most memorable way of celebrating, however, is in Mysuru, a city in Karnataka. Here, they celebrate Dusshera by organizing a parade headed by the king's family. It is celebrated in the Mysore Palace with a procession of the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari, accompanied by dance and music all night.
Once in a Lifetime Experiences
Since the same festival is celebrated in so many ways, we suggest you experience each type every year. In Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, a chance to participate in Garba will stay in your memories forever. Make sure to attend the celebration at the Mysore Palace at least once in your lifetime.
Another bucket list experience is attending the celebrations at the Kapaleeswarar temple, where all of Chennai gathers throughout the nine days and subsequently go temple hopping. If you are a more indoor type of person, and have relatives in Tamil Nadu, now would be a great time to visit and experience Hanu Reddy Residences’ hospitality.
The primary theme is still prevalent across all regions- the triumph of good over evil. While this might seem a little generic, it brings joy and gives everyone an excuse to celebrate. After all, isn't that what festivals are for?