Navarati means nine nights. It's a celebration throughout India of the Mother Goddess. She has 7 well known forms and is the protector of her worshipers and the destroyer of evil. For 9 nights worshipers visit temples, bring gifts and dance into the early morning hours. There are 2 dances, the first one is the Garba, a circular dance that starts out slowly and gets faster and faster with the music. The second dance in the Dandi-Ros or the stick dance; men, women and children continue the circular dance striking polished sticks to the beat. I was honored to attend the final night (the hubby was working it off duty, so I went with him) of this celebration to take photographs. Every person that I met was generous, peaceful, beautiful and delightful! I had a lot of fun and couldn't have asked for a better group to take pictures of. It was amazing to see so many people dancing the same dance all dressed in their traditional clothes. I'm sorry I missed the stick dance, but by then it was midnight and I had to get home to the kids and give the babysitter a break. I did manage to get a lot of pictures, so here they are!
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