Akola. Navratri festival starts from Monday. In view of this, intense preparations for Navratri festival have started across the city. Last year the festival was celebrated with many restrictions due to the corona virus. But this year, this festival will be celebrated with enthusiasm without any restrictions. Various preparations have been started by various departments and committees for this. This year there is great enthusiasm among people around Durgotsava.
Nine forms of Adishakti are worshipped
Nine forms of Adishakti are worshiped by devotees on Navratri. For nine days attractive lamps are lit in the temple and premises of the goddess. Many devotees fast for nine days during this time. Many devotees are seen who do not wear shoes or slippers on their feet during these nine days. In some houses, the goddess is worshiped regularly. There are many circles in the city that organize Goddess Awakening events. In many places dandiya etc. is played around the pandal of the goddess.
There are many goddess temples in the district including the city
Reserve Mata Temple in the city is quite an ancient temple also known as Goddess of Garden. Similarly, there is a temple of Renuka Mata in the old city, there is a temple of Saptasringi Devi in the Asadgarh fort complex. Similarly there is a temple of Maa Durga adjacent to Mahatma Gandhi Chowk. There is a crowd of fans here. There are also temples of Shitala Mata and Bala Devi. Apart from this, there is a temple of Renuka Mata in Patur town of the district, a temple of Bala Devi in Balapur town. There is Dhaga Devi temple at Katepurna village in the tehsil, Asra Mata temple at Rudrayani Devi Donad village in Chincholi. Akola’s Deity Sri Rajarajeshwar Temple is decorated with Goddess shrines during Navratri.