In pictures: Nine nights of Navratri

Published: October 14, 2016
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PHOTO: NARENDAR KHATRI/EXPRESS

PHOTO: NARENDAR KHATRI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: In the depths of Karachi’s Delhi Colony, Manoj Kumar has set up a small ‘mandva’ in his friend Kishore’s house to honour Hindu goddess Durga Mata on the occasion of Navratri. Navratri, which means ‘nine nights’, is observed to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Devotees at this mandva claimed that they kept the celebrations minimalist this year out of respect for the month of Muharram.

No Ram Leela this year out of respect for Muharram

“Our women and children sing and dance to celebrate Navratri every year,” said Manoj. His friend, Ashok, explained that the mandva is like a darbar [court] of the goddess.

“We have made it like it is done in India,” said Ashok’s mother, Lakshmi. “This year, we have toned down our celebrations out of respect for Muharram.” Manoj explained that because of his engagements throughout the year, he is unable to pay homage to the Mata. Hence, he chooses the event of Navratri to express his reverence. “I live here for 10 days even though this is not my house,” he said. “These people trust me for the seva [service]. My friends set up similar garbas in Soldier Bazaar, Ranchore Lines and Gizri.”

A ‘mandva’ is set up to mark the occasion of Navratri. PHOTO: Narendar Khatri/ Express

An aerial view of the ‘mandva’ to mark the occasion of Navratri. PHOTO: Narendar Khatri/ Express

Manoj and his family are seen sitting around the ‘mandva’. PHOTO: Narendar Khatri/ Express

Lakshmi explains that celebrations have been toned down out of respect for Muharram. PHOTO: NARENDAR KHATRI/EXPRESS

A ‘mandva’ is set up to mark the occasion of Navratri. PHOTO: Narendar Khatri/ Express

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 14, 2016 - 7:05PM

    Hey cover some “normal” Hindus too in your sections like those working in IT / Banks / offices .Recommend

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