Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, took to Twitter to wish the world on the eighth day of the Navratri festival. In his tweet, he said that he wished that Maa Mahagauri blessed everyone with peace, good fortune and wealth. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani also retweeted PM Modi's Navratri wishes.
नवरात्रि की महाष्टमी पूजा की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। दुर्गाष्टमी की अभीष्ट देवी महागौरी हम सबके जीवन में सुख, सौभाग्य और समृद्धि लेकर आएं। pic.twitter.com/PpcOXYIXXN— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his greetings on the occasion of Durga Ashtami. He said that this is the festival of the victory of good over evil. He also wished that Goddess Durga showered her blessings to enrich people's lives with joy and prosperity.
Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens in India and abroad on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. This is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. May Goddess Durga shower her blessings on us and enrich our lives with joy and prosperity #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) October 6, 2019
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also took to Twitter to express her humble gratitude to the Goddess during the festival. She saluted the 'Devi' who brings sense to the world and pervades all beings.
(Salutations)To that Devi Who Governs the Faculty of Senses of Beings in All the Worlds,— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) October 6, 2019
Salutations to Her Who is the Devi Who Always Pervades all Beings.
(Salutations to Her) Who in the Form of Consciousness Pervades This Universe and Abides in It,
Salutations to Her & again.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also shared his Navratri wishes on Twitter.
समस्त देशवासियों को श्री दुर्गा अष्टमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ। pic.twitter.com/vvw1U8eBFa— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 6, 2019
Navratri, which means ‘Nine-nights’ in Sanskrit, is a nine-day festival that is famous in various parts of India and is celebrated by Hindus all over the country. It is celebrated with great energy and enthusiasm and is a colourful festival in which nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.
There are four types of Navratri that take place in a year. However, out of these four Navratris in a year, only two-namely Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are celebrated widely.
People in different parts of the country celebrate this festival differently. The festival, apart from its energetic celebrations, is also famous for the fasts that people observe. Special prayers are also offered to the ‘Nine Forms of Maa Durga,’ who is believed to have taken the avatar of Devi Durga to destroy Mahishasura. Additionally, in some parts of India, the nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped with nine different forms of prasad or bhog.