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Navratri signifies days of celebration when the goddess is worshipped in her nine forms. Chandigarh also celebrates nine nights and ten days in Durgareverence to the divine mother. Here’s a guide from MetroMela on the celebrations.

Worshipping the Goddess
A typical Navratri celebration in Chandigarh has people sowing Barley seeds (Jaun) in a bowl on the first day. This bowl is covered with mango leaves to provide warmth. A Kalash is installed and the seeds are revered for eight days. On the eighth day, the foliage of barley seeds is dedicated to the Goddess. This day is celebrated as Ashtami when small girls (Kanya) are worshipped as Goddess, offered Puri Halwa and are presented with Shringar Thali that consists of bangles, red bindi, red odhni and money as 'Shagun'. On the ninth day, the foliage of barley seeds is immersed by lighting a diya in the flowing water and at night, temples organize a ‘Maha Aarti’ for worship of all the idols.

Chandigarh also has Ramleela organized in various sectors. Here you can watch Ramayana, take part in Ram–Sita Swayamvar and can enjoy the wedding recreated through these plays. On Dussehra, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath are burnt. Visit the parade ground of Sector 17 for the best Ramleela in town.

Dandiya Fun
Dandiya Nights are also being organized at various parts of Chandigarh, but if you are looking for something more exciting, then Kala Gram (a favorite spot in Chandigarh for exhibitions) is the best option. Entry is based on passes so make sure you get some. Looking for ethnic chaniya cholis and kurtas? Try Sector 17, Sector 7 and Sector 22. These are the main shopping hubs. You could also try outlets like Poshak Bazaar in Sector 17 C which has a great collection of women's ethnic wear.

Happy a happy Dussehra!

By Harmeet Singh
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