Navratri also known as the festival of nine nights is one of the most prominent religious festivals of India. Navratri is celebrated twice every year, Chaitra Navratri (celebrated in the month of March/April) and Sharad Navratri (celebrated in the month of September/ October). Consisting of nine nights and ten days, the festival of navratri is dedicated to the worship of goddess Durga in her three supreme forms which are Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi.
The festival carries immense significance for the Hindus and is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Now that the festival is just around the corner, starting from October 13, 2016 preparations have already begun.
The Navratri festival or Durga Puja involves worshipping the goddesses on the nine nights accompanied by fasting. People also play Garba and Dandiya to celebrate it. The nine days are considered very holy and the devotees wear nine different colours on these nine days to honour Goddess Durga’s nine forms. This is a great occasion for those of who likes to make a fashion statement with their attire. Experiment with the colour palette; give your traditional and ethnic wear a contemporary spin and make heads turn with your festive style.
Day 1 – Grey
A grey coloured sari with a heavy embroidered border is the perfect pick for the occasion. Drape it in style and team a contrasting blouse as you get ready to play Garba. Accessorise it with bindi and gajra and make this your Navratri special look.
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Day 2 – Orange
Day 2 of the Durga Puja is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Shailputri. She is the daughter of Himalayas and represents Shakti (power). People wear orange on this day as they gear up for the celebration. The colour orange represents feelings of joy, enthusiasm and happiness and adds to the vibrancy of the occasion. For the style enthusiast an Anarkali suit in orange hue is the best option. However, if you don’t want to wear the colour you can still make a style statement. Grab an orange coloured potli bag with stones and mirror etc. and contrast it with your ethnic wear for a stylish look.
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Day 3: White
Day 3 is marked by the worship of Goddess Brahmacharini symbolising power and spiritual grace. A white sari will not only look exquisite but will also easily blend into the serene environment. If you are not fond of wearing saris, go for a chic and stylish straight salwar kameez and accessorise it with silver earrings and bangle for an elegant look.
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Day 4 – Red
The fourth-day of Navratri is dedicated to the goddess Chandraghanta which is known for peace, beauty as well as bravery. A designer red sari is the best look you can get on this day. Team it with heels and statement earrings in order to look your gorgeous best. Since off shoulder is in vogue once again you can also opt for an off-shoulder choli paired with a long tail lehenga with embroidered bottom. This look is so ravishing yet traditional that this is sure going to make you the best dressed among other this season.
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Day 5 – Royal Blue
The day 5 of Navratri is also known as Panchami and is dedicated to the worship of goddess Kushmanda. Being one of the nine incarnations of goddess Parvati, is known as the creator of the universe. A royal blue chiffon sari is a great option to wear on this day. However, if you want to have a unique look to yourself you can go for stylish kurtis and look dashing. Experiment with different style cuts for more variation. A front slit kurtis when paired with a matching pair of leggings or palazzo looks extremely chic and elegant. Style it with accessories to complete the look.
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Day 6 – Yellow
Shashti or the sixth day of Durga Puja is dedicated to goddess Skandamata. The goddess is known for demolishing demons. She is the fifth manifestation of goddess Parvati and got her name when goddess Parvati became the mother of Lord Skanda. On this day devotees wear yellow to prey and show their devotion. A yellow kurti in silk paired with a floral palazzo in the same fabric is a must have for the occasion. However, if you want to have a unique look to yourself go for a ready to wear lehenga sari in yellow colour paired with a contrasting blouse. Finish the look with gold earrings and bangles and make your way to the Dandiya nights looking ravishing.
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Day 7 – Green
Saptami is marked by the worshipping goddess Katyayani, the sixth avatar of goddess Durga. According to the Hindu mythology goddess Paravti took the form of goddess to kill the demon Mahishasura. The goddess represents strength, knowledge and victory of good over the evil. The colour green best represents the vibe of the occasion. Go for a green coloured kurtis paired with a palazzo in chanderi silk. Wear heels and style your chunni in an off shoulder wrap style. This looks classic and will also show the details on your kurti and chunni. You can also opt for matching heels and accessories.
Day 8 – Peacock Green
The eighth day also known as Ashtami and is dedicated to the worship of goddess Kalaratri. According to the Hindu mythology goddess Kalaratri is known as one of the fiercest form of goddess Durga. Although her appearance evokes a sense of fear, she is known to protect her devotees from evil and grant them happiness and joy. A designer saree paired with designer blouse in the peacock green shade is the best look for the occasion. Style it with jewelleries and heels and look your fashionably best this Navratri. You can also add maangtikas and kamarband for a chic look.
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Day 9 – Purple
The ninth day is dedicated to worshipping goddess Maha Gauri. This marks the end of Navratri and Dussehra is celebrated on tenth day. Apart from its religious significance the festival of navratri is about fun, food and festive fashion. This is the best opportunity for you to revive your traditional look. Since you are supposed to wear purple on this day why not keep your outfit according to the latest trends. Wear a purple colour kurti and pair it with a long skirt of contrasting colour for a sophisticated yet traditional look.
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