It’s time to add some colors to your wardrobe, pump up the garba music and to put on your dancing shoes because Navratri is here and while Mumbai and Kolkata celebrates Navratri in style, Gujarat celebrates it with all the grandeur and tradition which is deeply rooted in the history of Gujarat. Although, I am not very religious, I have always loved watching and dancing to the beats of garba and dandiya since my childhood. The colorful chaniya cholis and kedias that people wear for the event and that swirl around with the spinning motion in sync with the music offers a visual treat that you can only see in this time of the year. If you are passionate about dancing to the beats of traditional dandiya and garba rather than getting dragged into all the Bollywood glamour that happens during these nine nights, I would certainly recommend that you take a trip to Gujarat and witness one of the best dancing festivals and garba places you will find across western India.
Festivals and celebrations remain an integral part of Indian culture and while the people of Maharashtra have just finished celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi festival they are all set to prepare for the Navratri festival which is widely celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and also in other states of India like Bihar, West Bengal and Delhi. The best part about the Navratri festival is the dandiya and garba dance that happens usually in the evening where people from all walks of life come together and dance their heart out. In literal words Nav which means Nine and ratri which means Night is a celebration of nine nights. However, Navratri is not just about coming together and dancing to the beats of the music. The nine nights symbolize the nine forms of Goddess Durga and the beginning of the autumn season in India. I have seen Navratri bringing together many people together from different religions and social status as they come together and dance to the rhythm of music clapping and whirling around and using dandiya sticks that bring a nice wooden sound that blend well with the music. Here we take a quick look at the top Navratri dandiya and garba dance destinations that you can look out for this Navratri festival in Mumbai.