Navaratri represents celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Deity in form of Shakti (Energy or Power). Dussehra, meaning “ten days”, becomes Dussehra in popular parlance. The Navratri festival or “Nine Nights festival” becomes “ten days festival” with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshiped with fervor and devotion.
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