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"Garba" is derived from a Sanskrit word known as Garbha, which means "womb,". The female aspect of divinity, Goddess Durga, is thus honoured by the dancers.
The Gujarati ceremonial performance known as the Garba dance, whose traditions stretch back at least to the 15th century, serves as the festive part of the goddess Devi's devotion.
This dance is performed with the dancers dancing in a circle around an attractively decorated earthen pot inside which a Diya is placed, symbolising the body, within which divinity (the Goddess or Devi) dwells. This gesture symbolises the circle of life, which moves from life to death to reincarnation, the only thing that is constant is the Goddess, unchanging and invincible. To celebrate the fact that every individual possesses the divine energy of Devi inside them, Garba is danced around this pot. The pots that are used during Garba are usually painted in white and bright red.
Originally from Gujarat, India, Garba is both a form of dance and a religious and social event and an unparalleled spectacle. This Garba dance is extremely popular throughout the country because of its characteristic vibrancy during the Navratri festival~ The nine-day Navratri festival, which takes place every year in the month of Ashwin (September or October).
Devotees dress up in colourful costumes while performing Garba and wear oxidised heavy jewellery, earrings, bangles, and necklaces. Kafni pyjamas are worn by men with Ghagra kurtas above the knees and pagadi on their head. Although men occasionally take part, women typically perform Garba.
It's time to celebrate Navratri with the most vibrant and energetic dance festival of the country with the Garba Puzzle from Aurva. It has been vibrantly portrayed for you to relish and decode, from the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura to the festive surroundings in the neighbourhood.
From the multi-hued costumes with high octane dancing to the spirit of communities coming together. Join us in dancing to the cycle of life!
Explore: Garba - The dance of life puzzle by Aurva
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Take a look into the Garba preparations ahead of the Navratri festival in 2022 here: Garba Dance Preparations 2022
Wikipedia source on Garba form of dance: Garba Dance Form