The Navaratri, also known as Dasara, is a Hindu festival of worship. The word Navaratri literally means "nine nights". For nine nights and ten days, nine forms of worship Shakti (metaphor for the female goddess Durga).
The Navaratri is usually held in Devi temples with special offerings and reciting the Mahatmya Devi.
The beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important moments where there is a connection between climate and solar influence. These two moments have been used as an opportunity to worship the Divine Mother. The exact date of the festivals are determined by the lunar calendar.
Dasaharara, means "ten days", and is known in popular language as Dasara. The Navaratri festival, or the festival of nine days, becomes a ten-day festival with the addition of the last day, Vijaya-Dasami. During these ten days Mahisasura-mardini mother is worshiped with fervor and devotion.
The Dasara festival is held on the occasion of Navaratri, on this holy day and the triumph of good over evil is celebrated. The way to be held can be done forms such as worship the goddess Chamundeshwari (Durga) or multicolored display thumbnails during the day "bombe Habba" in Kannada.
There is a legend related to the display of thumbnails known as Golu (pronounced Kolu in some regions).
Since goddess Durga needed a lot of power, all the gods and goddesses transferred their powers to the goddess and these powers remain still as thumbnails. To respect the sacrifice they made these divinities, Hindus revere these miniatures that have the form of divinities.
In Tamil Nadu is a custom display Golu. Here figurines placed on 7, 9 or 11 rows. Usually when people visit a person to his house to see the Golu, carrying a small bag of gifts.
These are offered only to girls and married women.During the afternoon some small lights that are decorated and some are sung hymns and shlokas will turn on. After that prepares some food offered to the goddess.
It is common practice to have some made of wood. In addition a figure of a boy and a girl together is included.
On the ninth day (Saraswati Puja) special offerings to the goddess Saraswati are made, the goddess of wisdom and understanding. They are left as offerings books and musical instruments and are worshiped as sources of knowledge.
The tenth day (Vijayadasami) is the day that commemorates that evil was eventually destroyed for good. This marks a new and prosperous start. And it is believed that new projects starting that day will flourish and prosperity.