Spring Navaratri – Day 1

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The preparations are complete and the Navaratri program is about to start.

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Goddess pujas are always especially elaborate.

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All the items used in the pujas are purified with mantras and water, and then decorated with a flower.

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A Hanuman bell.

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Durga.

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Ganesha, who is invoked at the beginning of every ritual.

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The abishekam is purifying and cleansing. At the end the idols are ready for the pujas.

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An offering of light.

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Everything looks festive and celebratory.

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From the left, Saraswati, Durga, and Lakshmi.