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.
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.
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.