NAVARATHRI is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word “Navarathri” means “nine nights” in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and rathri meaning nights. Darkness is associated with night. What is this darkness? It is the darkness of ignorance.
The purpose of the navarathri celebration is to enable man to get rid of the nine types of darkness which have taken hold of him. The children celebrated the nine magical days with songs and prayers.