Thousands  Indian Hindus  Celebrated  Dhasara and  Navarathri  with  colorful cultural events and dances.One of the most prominent of the Hindu festivals it celebrates the three principle goddesses: Parvati, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Auckland’s Mahatma Gandhi Centre at Eden Terrace , Bharathiya  Mandir at Mount Albert, Shirdhi Sai  temple Onehunga, Sri Rama mandir at  Henderson,  Swami Narayan temple at Manukau  are main centres where organised 9 day festival of Navrathri   was conducted.  The  temple associated with  Indian association wellington,  Kurinji Kumaran Temple, Harekrishna temple at Newlands also organised  this 9 day festival.navarthri4navarathri-wellington

Navarathri is a significant Hindu festival which is observed for 9 nights and 10 days which began on 2nd October and  ended on Tuesday 11th October . During Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.Navaratri which is interpreted as nine nights, is a festival celebrated in honor of the goddess of valour, Durga, who is also a symbol of purity and power. The festival, celebrated for nine consecutive days and nights, combines ritualistic pujas at  different temples in Auckland and Wellington  as a part of colourful Navarathri Festival  . People keep fast during navratri days to purify the mind, body and soul, as it is one of the rituals of Navaratri festival.Hundreds of  hindu worshipers   gathered at the  temples of Wellington and Auckland .  From energetic Garba performances to melodic devotional hymns,  migrants hindus from  different part of the world in New Zealand  is celebrated Navaratri with great zeal and devotion.  From energetic Garba performances to melodic devotional hymns, Auckland is celebrating Navaratri with great zeal and devotion

During Navaratri, devotees invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as”Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as”Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation, and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed

 

 The festival  is  celebrated  with special  evening Poojas, bhajans, Cultural dances. Most of the worshipers are fasting during certain days of this fest   devoting their mind and body to Godess Dhurga Devi. The temple  opened evening bhajans with whole families taking part in an elegant form of Gujarati dance, the Garba.The event is mainly conducted   in the middle of the large hall a shrine has been set up and hundreds of men, women and children – most dressed in vibrant classical Indian clothing – elegantly dance around it.In Garba, the dancers clap rhythmically and on each step bend sideways and make long sweeping movements with their arms

 

New Zealand South Indians consider this festival as a  vidyarabham, some consider as Dasara  differ with regional difference. On this day , many worshipers believed that, then best start of education of kids or begining of any type of new learning  programmers/projects.

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Navratri also offers  Hindu migrants from India, Fiji and South Africa the opportunity to socialise as well, with :’Prasad”  also  provided. 

Hundreds of  worshipers  have been gathering at the    Temple at Wellington Indian Association in Kilbirnie for the nine days of celebration of the festival of Navratri. which commenced on 2nd October  and end on11th October.They would be worshipped during the festival, and people would make oaths to the goddess Durga to forgo pleasures in return for divine help.The festival involved important customs and  rituals, include  evening  bhajan, arathi,  cultural dance. 

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