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Dandiya Ladies Dandiya Ladies

Navaratri is a nine day festival dedicated to worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in sanskrit, one of the oldest languages on the planet. At my society (apartment complex) the dance known as dandiya was held on a Sunday evening. Some places have dandiya on each of the nine nights.

The ladies dressed in their finest and danced the dandiya, a traditional folk dance form of Gujarat, India, originated in Vrindavan by Lord Krishna, where it is performed depicting scenes of Holi, and lila of Krishna and Radha. Men are supposed to take part also but in my society they opted out. At the end of the evening, the ladies posed in their finest for pictures.

The final day of the festival is called Dusshera marks to Lord Rama’s victory over the ten headed demon king Ravana, the victory of Good over Evil. The Hindu…

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