Spring Navaratri – Day 2

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Day two of the Navaratri program and all the ghee lamps are ready to go.

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In Pune, where the Navaratri program is being performed, the traditions are a little different from the south in Kanchipuram. You can see that the puja altar is quite elaborate.

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Saraswati, Durga, and Lakshmi

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Since it is springtime, there is a tradition to plant some wheat seeds at the beginning of Navaratri and watch as they sprout and grow as the nine days continue.

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Sameer, our priest, starts the puja.

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The goddesses, ready for the puja.

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The special conch.

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Durga receiving a special milk bath.

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Ganesha being rinsed with water.

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After the puja, the goddesses are dressed beautifully and decorated.

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An offering of light.

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Durga with a rose.

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Lakshmi

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Durga

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Saraswati

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The different gods and goddess are watching the pujas.

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A beautiful Vishnu on a golden leaf.

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The altar at the end of the day.

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Already two days complete!