Navratri is one of the world’s largest and lengthiest dance festivals. This occasion is mainly celebrated in devotion and reverence of Durga. The actual meaning of Navratri is Nine nights and like the name advocates, the festival is enjoyed and celebrated for nine long nights. During these nine days, devotees pray and worship Devi in nine different forms and the last day, which is the tenth day of the Navaratri festival is Dussera or Vijayadashami. One of the most protuberant and important festivals, Navratri is celebrated by people all across the country and also notably in Nepal.
In total, five different types of Navratri are being celebrated, but of all the types the Sharada Navratri is very popular. Though some several states and cities enjoy this festival on a majestic scale, if you want to witness the real celebrations then the place you should be in is Gujarat. The notable part of this festival is the vivacious and vibrant Dandiya night in Gujarat. Though Mumbai also sets up an attractive and fancy display of dance which is termed as Garba or Dandiya, Gujarat has a lot of traditions attached to it. Here is a list of some of the best places in Gujarat where the Navaratri celebrations can be witnessed. So, pack your bags and get ready with all your colorful costumes to trench to the Navratri beats in Gujarat.
The United Way Garba, Vadodara
One of the well-known dandiya gatherings in Vadodara is the United Way Garba. One of the good reasons is that it attracts sucha a large crowd every year and is the perfect combo of eminent and renowned singers and is filled with excellent crowd live ambiance. The United Way Garba sees at least 30,000 people every night. Isn’t that too much? It is favorite among so many people and is mainly because of its ambiance and events being hosted. This beautiful event was started for a good cause and continues to do so. The money raised from this event is donated to nearly 140 charitable trusts and organizations all across the city. Held in Alembic Ground every year and the crowd is requested to book their tickets well in advance.
Mirchi Rock N Dhol, Ahmedabad
The Mirchi Rock N Dhol is the most distinct Garba-dandiya fest held in Ahmedabad. Not only is this unique in its manner, but because of its vibrancy and vivacity, it also balances to attract around 50,000 people who flight here to be a part of this merriment. This event has an excellent array of many beautiful artists that come from all over India to put forth their performance each day in this nine-day long dancing fest. The Mirchi Rock N Roll Dhol is slated to happen at the Aman Aakash Party Plot beside Trust Nagar Society, Shreyas Crossing Road and this year it seemingly starts from October 2 and goes on till October 10. People usually book either a season pass or get daily tickets that range between Rs 300 to 350. For tickets, bookmyshow.com and is available. Do not miss one for anything because it is one of the most famous in the city. Dress in your best outfits and put on your dancing sneakers for this celebration. The involvement with Mirchi Rock N Dhol is going to last in your minds for quite some time.
Maa Shakti Garba, Vadodara
This Garba is listed in Limca Book of World records, the Maa Shakti Garba festival is one of the biggest events that happen in Vadodara. Vadodara being the traditional capital of Gujarat, the Navaratri festivities are a rage there. In 2004, nearly 40,000 dancers were a part of this World record. And today it is the largest Garba gathering in the world. Can you find a better place than this to visit during Navratri, obvious no, right? This year also the event is slated to take place in Gujarat, the housing board floor in Samta Road and for ticket updates, you can visit onto their website.
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