Navratri festival, the festivity of nine nights, is celebrated with grandeur in Ahmedabad. Devoted to Goddess Shakti, the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad is celebrated with gaiety and fervor. The main highlight of the festivity of nine nights is the folk dance of Gujarat called Garba. Each day of the fiesta begins with the performance of aarti. The entire city of Ahmedabad gets energized with the thought of celebrating the Navratri festival. People perform the Garba folk dance around the statue of Goddess Shakti. Garba is carried out till late midnight. The dancers usually make use of dandiya, i.e. long wooden sticks, to play garba. During this nine days long festivity, the Ahmedabad city is beautifully decorated with colorful lights. The maiden day witnesses the growing of seeds and the farmers closely watch them sprouting. On the eighth and ninth day of the Navratri festivity, people offer prayers to Goddess Durga, Vijayashtami, and Mahanavami. To invoke the blessings of Goddess, people cite texts like The Devi Mahatmya. The main dance performances that take place during the festive occasion of Navratri consist of the Rasa and Garba dances, in which people of age groups participate with full enthusiasm. The next day after Navratri festival is Dussehra that is observed to celebrate the triumph of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana. You will find many small garba and dandiya events happening here across the city but if you are looking for something more spectacular head to GMDC Ground that takes the spirit of dandiya to the ultimate level. The events here are usually hosted by the Gujarat Tourism Board rather than any particular organization or garba group. Here you will experience something so much more than just dandiya and garba happening. The ground also hosts exhibitions like handicrafts from various parts of Gujarat and kid shows and even state level garba competitions. So, basically, it’s a mega event with various smaller events happening in it. It has this mammoth stage right in the center of the ground that can put international rock band artists out of competition. Here you can also witness the Sheri Garba, another form of garba which is devoid of any Bollywood music or live orchestra. It also has a large food court to satisfy your taste buds after a long session of dance. This is how the Navratri festival is celebrated in Ahmedabad.
GMDC Ground, 132 Feet Ring Road, Ahmedabad, India