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PM Modi greets nation on Navratri

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Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of the 9-day long festival of Navratri.

Taking to his Twitter, the PM said he hopes that Navratri brings good health and prosperity in people’s lives. Reflecting upon the importance of the festival for all Hindus, he said that “the coming days are about devoting ourselves to the worship of Jagat Janani Maa.”

The auspicious festival kicked off this morning and will be celebrated for nine days culminating on 15 October. According to the Hindu calendar, this year the festival’s third and fourth days are falling on the same day, making 15th October as the 10th day when Dussehra is celebrated.

This nine-day long festival is celebrated throughout India. During this festival, people worship goddess Durga in her nine incarnations. The word ‘Navaratri’ means ‘nine nights’, which signifies the nine incarnation’s triumph over evil power. The first day is considered as Shukla Paksha during the month of Ashvin, as per the Hindu calendar.

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