During Navratri different customs prevail in various parts of India,. some of them are really astonishing that you might not have heard of.
Animal sacrifice during Navratri
Animal sacrifice is a part of some Durga puja celebrations during the Navratri in eastern states of India. This tradition is found in the hindu temples of eastern Indian states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam, the sacrifice of goats, chickens and buffalos.
The Rajput of Rajasthan worship their weapons and horses on Navratri, and a sacrifice of a goat to a goddess revered as kuldevi
Weapons are worshiped during Navratri
Ayudha Puja is a part of the Navratri festival also called “Astra Puja”, it means “Worship of Instruments”. It is celebrated in Tamil Nadu in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , in Kerala in Odisha, ” in Maharashtra, and in Karnataka The festival falls on the ninth day or Navami and is popularly a part Navaratri or Durga Puja festival. On the ninth day of the Dasara festival, weapons and tools are worshipped.
Sowing of Barley during Navratri
Many people grow ‘khetri‘ or barley seeds during this period.
For this they collect, clean mud from an auspicious or clean place. This mud is put in a earthen pot. clean and wash the barley and soak them in water for 15-30 minutes and then put these barley or ‘jau’ on the top of mud. make a thin layer of mud on top of barley, so as to cover it., then put water to soak the barley. one red color string (mauli) of mata rani is tied to khetri pot. The progress of ‘khetri’ or barley is observed very keenly by the devotee and it is believed that the longer they grow in height… the better it is for your family’s fortune and well being. it is also related to the blessings or happiness of the goddess on you.
Mata rani ka shingar–
Devoted to maa offer shingar item in the temple. the shingar items include red bangles, red chunri, red lipstick, bindi, mehendi, kajal, nail polish, anklets, mirror and sindhur.
Thus Each part of India celebrates this 9-day festival in its own unique way. In North India, fasting is observed on all 9 days, while in Gujarat and other parts of western India dances like the Garba & Dandiya Raas stand out in the celebrations. West Bengal celebrates it in the form of Durga Puja while Kolu is celebrated in South India.