Navratri has already begun and it is that time of the year yet again when people from all over are all set to put on their dancing shoes and dress up for nine days of fun and frolic. Navratri is celebrated in dedication to the Goddess of Power called Shakti and her different forms. It is one of the most celebrated festivals of India that also involves pandal hopping, dancing and offering prayers to Ma Durga; apart from most people are also excited to attend Dandiya and Garba nights. Cities like Mumbai, Gujarat and Mumbai celebrate this festival with much more pomp and joy than the rest of the nation.
Naina Devi Temple, Bilaspur
The Nain Devi temple that is situated in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh is another Durga temple that you must visit during Navratri. According to legend, it is said that Sati had jumped into a yagna and killed herself. Enraged by her death, Shiva performed the Tandava that is said to have alarmed all the Gods and because something had to be done, Vishnu released a chakra that went and cut Satis body in 51 pieces and parts which is now popularly called as the Shakti Peethas. And of all the parts that fell, the Naina Devi temple stands at a spot where Satis eyes fell. This is the story that is associated with this temple, we are not quite sure about how true it is, but it does make for one interesting story. People from all over the world visit this temple and you should too if you havent yet.
Dakshineswar Temple, Kolkata
The Dakshineswar Temple situated in Kolkata in West Bengal stands beautifully on the eastern banks of Hooghly River. It is one of the most famous Kali temples of Kolkata and it houses the deity of Bhavatarini who is another form of Kali. The literal meaning of Bhavatarini is the one who liberates her devotees from the ocean of Samsara that also means existence. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni in the year 1855. Rani Rashmoni used to a hardcore devotee of Kali and apart from the historical significance of this temple, the architecture is also worth watching. The temple premises have a big compound that surrounds this temple and also has several rooms with walls that serve as a boundary.
Karni mata Temple, Bikaner
The Karni Mata Temple is one of the most famous temples of India situated 30 km from Bikaner in Deshnok and it was built in dedication to Karni Mata. The popularity of this temple comes from all the rats that you will find here and thus this temple is also known as the temple of rats. The temple is said to have at least 20000 black rays and these rats are highly revered by devotees. Also called as kabbas, the rats in this temple have a history. To cut the long story short, the history is that Karni Mata was once married off to Depa when she was already spending a lot of time in the service of the poor. And after her marriage she chose celibacy and requested Depa to marry her younger sister Gulab. They got married and gave birth to four children called Naga Lakhan Puna and Sititha. However in an unfortunate incident Lakhan fell into a tank and drowned to his death when he was trying to drink water.