October 5, 2017 - 9:00 am
October 5, 2017 - 11:00 am
The word “Navaratri” meaning “nava” (“nine”) and “ratri” (“night”) is one of the most sacred festivals of the Hindus Goddess Durga or Shakti is worshipped with great pomp and reverence. Durga represents the energy of the universe and she is worshipped in her nine divine forms during this nine day festival.
Garba is a form of dance which originated in the state of Gujarat in India. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term Garbha (“womb”) and Deep (“a small earthenware lamp”). Garbas are therefore performed around a centrally lit lamp or a picture or statue of Goddess Shakti..
Garba is performed in a circle as a symbol of time. As the cycle of time revolves, from life to birth, death and again to rebirth, the only thing that remains constant is the Goddess. The dance symbolizes that God, represented in feminine form is the only thing that remains unchanging in a constantly changing universe.
The lamp lit in the centre of the garba dance floor too has a symbolic interpretation. The vessel itself represents the body, within every human being Divinity (in the form of the Goddess) resides. Garbas are performed around this symbol to honour the fact that all humans are born with the Divine energy of the Goddess and can accomplish anything and everything through hard work !!!