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New Delhi: The word Navratri is made from two words,'Nav' and 'Ratri. 'Nav' means nine and 'Ratri' means night. That is why this festival is translated as 'nine nights'.

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Navratri's festival is dedicated to the nine incarnations of Maa Durga. Devotees try to seek the blessings of Durga with ample prayers and offerings. The eighth day of these nine nights is called Ashtami. In this Sharad Navratri, Ashtami will be celebrated on 17th October 2018. Several Hindu households conduct Kanjak or Kanya Pooja on this auspicious occasion of Ashtami, where nine girls who haven't attained puberty are welcomed into the house.

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Widely Navratri is celebrated twice a year. Between Vasant Navratri and Sharad Navratri, Sharada Navratri is given more importance. According to the Hindu calendar, the celebrations begin on the first day of the month of Ashvin which is Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada.

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In India, Sharad Navratri 2018 will start from 10th October 2018 to 18th October. We are loving every bit of this season of festivities. In Sanskrit Navratri is referred to as 'nine nights'. Hindus worship nine avatars of goddess Durga during these nine days. If legends are to be believed that during these nine days Goddess Durga descends from heaven to be with her devotees. 

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