Hatfield’s traditional blessings
PUBLISHED: 08:49 15 November 2015
Hindus celebrated an important festival with days of colourful worship and vigorous dance in Hatfield.
Although the Navrati festival is traditionally celebrated over nine nights and one day, the Welwyn Hatfield Indian Cultural Association condensed its event over six days last month.
The festivities at Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield sought blessings from three different aspects of the main female deity, Durga.
Borough councillor Pankit Shah, who attended, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “On the first three days, the goddess is invoked as a powerful spiritual force called Durga, in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.
“During the next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth.
“The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the consort of Brahma as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.
“On the 10th day of this festival, called Dussehra, an effigy of Ravana is burned to celebrate the victory of god (Ram) over evil.”
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