'Nav' means 'nine' and 'ratri' means 'night'. Thus, 'Navratri' means 'nine nights'.Navratri festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. Night is the time for rejuvenation and relaxation of the mind and our body. If we don't rest at night, it becomes hard to carry on with our activities the next day, isn't it? Similarly, Navratri is the resting time for the spirit in you. It is the time when you withdraw yourself from all sense activities (eating, talking, watching, touching, listening, smelling), and rest in yourself. This withdrawal from all sense activities takes you deeper within yourself which is the actual source of bliss, joy and enthusiasm in our lives.
In north India, Gujrat and Maharashtra people observe a seven day fast during Navratri and break their fast on Navami ,ie, nineth day of the festival by worship young girls.
In the eastern state of West Bengal, the festival takes the shape of Durga Puja, when the devotees of the deity celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra" (also spelled Dasara).Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dasara.
People from all over the world celebrate Navratri special with passion, intensity and enthusiasm. While some people take participate in the celebrations for religious reasons but others look to give their body a much needed lose weight.
If you plan to fast this Navratri special then make sure that it is done the healthy way. It can help you lose weight, wash your mind and will leave you feeling great!