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Significance of Dandiya and Garba during Navratri
couple performing Dandiya<br />during Navratri celebrations
couple performing Dandiya during Navratri celebrations
Navratri is one of the most popular festivals in India especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Navratri literally means "Nine Nights" and these nights are dedicated to Durga worship. Dandiya Raas and Garba Raas are two dance forms which are performed during Navratri to appease and seek blessings of Goddess Durga. The origin of these dances can be traced back to the life of Lord Krishna.

Dandiya and Garba dances are performed in the honor of Goddess Durga and these dance forms stage the mock-fighting between the Goddess Durga and Mahishasura and also known as "the dance of swords".

In modern India, Dandiya and Garba are considered more of cultural events than that of religious events. But, these dance forms have religious significance and are dedicated to Goddess Durga. Due to commercialization of these events, their religious significance is getting reduced. It should be remembered that Dandiya or Garba are not for fun and self-enjoyment but devotional acts dedicated to the Goddess of power and valor.

Difference between Dandiya and Garba
Dandiya and Garba are two different forms of religious dance. Dandiya is done with the pair of colorfully decorated sticks which represent the swords of Goddess Durga while Garba is done with various hand and feet movements without any prop or aid.

Most of Dandiya step require even number of people while in Garba there is no such requirement on number of people.

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