NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his greetings to people on the beginning of Navratri and wished for a safe, healthy and prosperous planet.
Modi in a tweet said, “Many congratulations on the auspicious festival of Navratri. May Mother Jagadamba bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all of you. Jai Mata Di.”
In another tweet, he said, “Pranams to (hail) Maa Shailputri (first form of Goddess Durga worshipped) on Day 1 of Navratri. With her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous. May her blessings give us strength to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor and downtrodden.”
ॐ देवी शैलपुत्र्यै नमः॥Pranams to Maa Shailputri on Day 1 of Navratri. With her blessings, may our planet be safe… https://t.co/Svm6zEwfrg
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1602898717000
The celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The fun-filled festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. Over the next nine days, devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts.
Also known as Sharad Navratri, the occasion is believed to mark Goddess Durga’s victory over demon Mahishasura, signifying the victory of good over evil.
The 10th day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.
(with inputs from agencies)