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Five Essentials of Navratri Festival 

The most widely celebrated 9-day long Hindu festival, Navratri is celebrated to honour the goddess Durga. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. Navratri is celebrated in four seasons but the one follows the season of autumn is considered as the most auspicious of all and it also marks the beginning of the festive season. This is also the time when Maa Durge is getting ready to enchant the Pink City in her aura. But do you know what are the 5 essentials of Navratri festival?

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Let’s have a look-

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Fresh Start– Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around. Be it a new business, new home, a new car or furnishing, transforming into a new self, starting a healthy lifestyle or starting a new relation, we all wait for this time cause we know to embark on a fresh new journey with the blessings of Maa Durga will turn into a success.

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Faith– Of all the stories from folklore, there’s one thing in common- the victory of good from the evil which is why we celebrate Navratri. It’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often to seek the blessings. It’s this time of the year when every Jaipurite takes out some time to visit Amer’s Shila Mata temple. On all these nine-day Navratra festival the Shila Devi temple at Amer Fort holds special significance. Thousands of people from Jaipur and surrounding areas come here to pay offerings to Shila Devi. It is said that Maharaja Mansingh of Jaipur brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore “Bangladesh” in 1604 and till date the idol is placed here and worshipped.

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Fasting– We believe that fasting during Navratra is a way to get spiritually closer to the almighty. There are no fasting rules, everyone has its own reason to fast. Some fast for o it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals and few do it for de-toxication. Whatever your reason is fasting is something that we all believe in.

Feasting-  While some people fast, some people eat all the Falahari delight during Navratra. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. The festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the people who are fasting and who is not.

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Fun Unlimited- An how can we miss the ultimate fun. People get into the mode of festivity in full swing. Adorned in glittery Gujarati and Rajasthani lehengas, playing Garba with friends, is all fun and exciting and the most vivid sight of this entire festival. Thousands of Jaipurites of all age groups can be seen stepping together on the beats of Garba & Dandiya music in many places around the city.

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So, if you are in Jaipur during this season you are lucky enough to explore the city in its own uniqueness 🙂

Happy Navratri to you all!

 

 

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Engulf In The Five F’s Of Navratri

Navratri Sthapna marks the beginning of the festive season and for the next month or so, it is all about food, festivity, faith, fasting and a lot of fun! Navratri brings a new zeal with itself and there is a wave of new beginnings all around.

Jaipur Beat brings you the five F’s of this beautiful season of love, happiness, colours and light.

  1. Faith– The first and foremost thing that Navratri is about- Maa Durga’s love and blessings. The elaborate ‘puja’ and ‘havan’ during the Navratras cannot be forgotten. Moreover, it’s that time of the year when we finally start visiting the temples quite often due to Navratri. Visiting Amer’s Shila Mata temple is the most important #ThingsToDO which every Jaipurite tries to achieve ditching the tight schedule.

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  1. Fasting- It’s the first question we ask – Are you on fast? That’s the most important part of Navratri. Some do it for faith, some to meet out their weight loss goals, and some do it for de-toxication but some like us are always after the best Falahaari delights. No matter the reason, we all believe in fasting and choose to instil some healthy eating habits during these nine days of Navratri.

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Pic courtesy: Falahaar

  1. Food– Even though Navratri is about fasting, yet food is the constant love. We always find substitutes for what we cannot eat during Navratras. From fruit- chaat to Saabudana Khichdi and Kuttu Ki Puri we keep all the sweet to salty options at hand. And for those who are not fasting, festive season brings a new enthusiasm for the same old spicy food.

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  1. Festivity- There is an air of festive mood in the weather with all the festive discounts, shopping spree, family functions and wedding functions lining up. You can see light and decorations wherever you turn your head.

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  1. Fashion- Last but not least, fashion always makes the place for itself when it comes to the festivity. We have all tip-topped ourselves with glittery Gujarati or Rajasthani lehengas and Angrakhas some time or the other for the epic Garba and Dandiya night or even taking out our traditional Indian outfits.

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The best time of the year is right here. Let’s enjoy it to the most!

Wishing you all a very Happy Navratri ! 🙂

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5 Places To Eat In Jaipur During Navratri

When Jaipurites are always looking for new food joints and cafes, it’s that time when mostly no one even looks for 9 days at these cafes and restaurants. With the beginning of Navratri tomorrow, lets gear up for festivities and fasting both.

Though earlier the food taken during fasting days was entirely prepared at home but now a days, we don’t have to lot of time to spend on cooking specialities like Kuttu ke aataa ki puri, Sabudaane ki Khichdi, Makhane ki kheer and many more.

So, we have listed 5 places to eat during Navrartri in Jaipur and savour yummy food during fast also.

  1. Falahaar

Falahaar is one of the oldest chain serving falahari food which people savor during fasts. It offers a wide variety of fasting food and specializes only in this. One must try sabhudhana kichadi and fruit cream. Falahaar has outlets at major points of the city viz C-scheme, Rajapark, MI Road, Tonk Road, Vaishali Nagar and Mansarover.

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Image Credits: Falahaar

  1. Sattviko

With the most innovative and fusion of dishes as the name itself explains, the restaurant specializes on satvik food, that is, without onions and garlic. It provides enhanced flavors to the dishes and serves wholesome meal. The restaurant is located at GT Central Mall.

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Image Credits: Sattviko, Jaipur

  1. Frubox

It is especially for those who are strict to fruit diet during the nine day period of Navratri. Frubox is a new start –up in the pink city which works on subscription basis. Subscribe yourself with Frubox app and get fresh fruits for at least 7 days during Navratris.

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  1. Cravings

During Navratri, if you really crave for some yummy food and juices, Cravings Café and Restaurant in Malviya Nagar is the place as it offers some fresh juices like blood enhancer, body cooler, blood purifier and many more to make you hydrated in the scorching summer heat.

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Image Credit: Cravings Cafe & Restaurant

  1. Lassiwala

When you are on fast you need some energy and a glass of fresh Lassi from Lassi Wala located at MI road is going to be the full meals day.

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You decide whether you want to fast or feast during Navratri as these places have some amazing food to have during fasts 🙂

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Navratri Celebrations in Pink City

The Pink City is all about festivals & celebrations. It is the reality of Jaipur where an act doesn’t completely ends while another one is ready to grasp its place. As, many festivals are currently spreading their magical colors, Maa Durge is getting ready to enchant the Pink City in her aura. It feels good to see the convivial atmosphere across the city of Jaipur hosting a number of festivals with a lot of fanfare and enthusiasm.

Navratri is one of the most popular festivals which is celebrated here. This festival holds great significance among people as it is associated with the blessings of Goddess Durga, which represents Shakti, the cosmic energy that animates all beings. This festival symbolizes health and prosperity, and is celebrated in a very traditional way.

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On all these nine-day Navratra festival the Shila Devi temple at Amer Fort holds special significance and the devotees has special prayers offered to this goddess. Thousands of people from Jaipur and surrounding areas come here to pay offerings to Shila Devi. It is said that Maharaja Mansingh of Jaipur brought the statue of the goddess Shila Mata from Jessore “Bangladesh” in 1604 and till date the idol is placed here and worshipped.

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Shila Mata Temple Amer

During all these nine days devotees throng to this temple and to facilitate smooth pilgrimage massive arrangements are being made.

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This festival acquires quite a fascinating and colorful dimension with extremely colorful dances of Garbha and Dandiya-Raas. These dances are performed by a group who move graceful and rhythmic manner in circles to measure steps, marking time by sticks and hands. Both men and women dressed in the traditional attires with beautifully designed accessories. For past few years Dainik Bhaskar has been organising the Garba Festival in the city for which at least a month long preparation goes on.

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Thousands of Jaipurites of all age groups can be seen stepping together on the beats of Garba & Dandiya music in many places around the city.

So, if you are in Jaipur during this season you are lucky enough to explore the city in its own uniqueness 🙂

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Jaipur this October :)

Jaipur has always been a celebrated city, from the culture and festivals to the metropolitan-like carnivals, there is no dearth of events for the Jaipurites. The pink city is colourful and glittery round the year.
Now that we have come to the most vibrant festival-full time of the year, it is going to get busy and chaotic but never dull! It starts from Vastra, an International textile and apparel fair, from October 3rd-6th, 2013 at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in Sitapura Industrial Area. Come October 5th, it is time for the fashion mongers of the city to pick up their shopping bags and get set for the Jaipur shopping festival in various parts of the town and the Grand Indian Wedding Show at the Ramada Hotel. This day is as special for the god-loving souls of the city, with Navratri festival starting on the 5th. But who said we don’t celebrate the cross-cultural festivals?

Come together for Durga Puja between October 9th and 13th. The pink city has something for everybody, we are not going to miss our travellers and tourists. This month has an Indian Travel Mart at the BM Birla Auditorium, from October 18th till October 20th. This three-day travel & tourism exhibition promises choice of Perfect Holidays, Travel & Tour Packages, Rail Tourism Packages, Online Rail Reservation, Airlines, Cruise and where to stay from the favourite & unexplored Destinations, Hotels, Resorts, Palaces etc. around the Country and Abroad. Top the month with the Husband’s day or Karva Chauth. Fast for your husbands or fiancées and feel the peace like no other.
So Jaipur, pull up your socks and tie your laces for this festival-packed and wedding backed month 😉