Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to wish the countrymen on the occasion of Navratri festival
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (September 29) greeted the nation on the occasion of Navratri and expressed hope that the nine-day festival will fill the countrymen with new energy and zeal.
"Greetings to all countrymen on Navratri. Jai Mata Di! Best wishes to all on the festival of Shakti worship! May Goddess Durga bring new energy, new hope and new excitement in the lives of all of us! Jai Ambe, Jagdambe Maa," Modi's tweet in Hindi read.
सभी देशवासियों को #नवरात्रि की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। जय माता दी!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 29, 2019
शक्ति की उपासना के पावन पर्व नवरात्रि की आप सभी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। मां दुर्गा हम सबके जीवन में नई ऊर्जा, नई उमंग और नए उत्साह का संचार करें। जय अंबे जगदंबे मां!
During Navratri, the Prime Minister is known to observe fast for nine days, a practice that he has been following for the past many years.
In 2012, Modi had mentioned in a blog that he has been fasting during Navratri for 35 years.
"On the first day of Navratri, we worship the first incarnation Maa Shailputri. We pray that Maa Shailputri, who is the symbol of power and peace, take care of the whole world," Modi's second tweet, in which a video containing chants dedicated to the goddess was also embedded, read.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah too extended his greetings on the start of the nine-day festival.
"The worship of Shakti is the base of Indian culture. Greetings to all the countrymen on the festival of Shakti worship. Jai Mata Di," Shah's tweet in Hindi read.
शक्ति की उपासना भारतीय संस्कृति का मूल है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 29, 2019
शक्ति आराधना और संकल्प के पावन पर्व ‘नवरात्रि’ की समस्त देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ।
जय माता दी! pic.twitter.com/mEknjptbuc
The Union Home Minister's tweet also had the photo of Maa Durga with a Sanskrit chant, embedded with it.
This year, Navratri is being celebrated from September 29 to October 7.
Navratri in Sanskrit means nine nights in which nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped in a particular order. Alongside observing fast and performing various rituals, preparing a special offering for each day holds symbolic significance.
Navratri is believed to mark Goddess Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura, which signifies the triumph of good over evil. The festival is prominently celebrated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka.
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