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Navratri this year is just about a fortnight away, it begins on September 19, Friday. Navaratri is one of the few festivals, which all of us throughout India celebrate, albeit in different ways.

'Nav' means 'nine' and 'ratri' means 'night', thus, 'Navratri' means 'nine nights'. In North India, many fast on all nine days and worship the Goddess Shakti in her different forms with the tenth day being Dussehra.

In the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu & Karnataka, Navratri is celebrated by setting up of Golu (pronounced as Golu or Kolu) or Bombegalu. It is believed that this was a means to invite people home to celebrate the festivities with them.   

In the western part of the country, particularly Gujarat, Dandiya and Garba Rass are the highlights of the festival where traditionally farmers sow seeds and thank the Goddess for her blessings and pray for better yield.

An integral part of Navratri festivities everywhere is of course expressing good wishes to loved ones by sending them delightful Navratri Gifts. To enable Indians worldwide to exchange Navratri Gifts, several Online shopping sites stock items specifically for Navratri.

If its the traditional Chaniya Cholis and Bandhani Lehanga(and jewellery of course!) which impress womenfolk the most, men would certainly like to have tradtional ethnic wear such as Dhoti Kurta or Pyjama kurta with an embroidered Shawl. Children of course can never seem to have enough of Chocolates, gift wrapped on such occasions in colorful packages, however garments or apparels with a traditional Indian touch to them are a hit too.

The festivities involve elaborate Puja on most days and hence Navaratri Puja Hampers which contain almost all pooja items including idol of Durga Ma, chunari, chhatar, kalash, teeka, mauli, thali, roli, Ma Durga Arti book etc. are a good gift item.

You can obviously choose to gift auspicious items such as Mata ki Chunrees, Mata ka Chattar, Mata ke Coins, Goddess idols, Mata Pendants, Rudraksha Lockets, Ma Durga Yantra etc separately. Goddess Durga idols, Mata pendants, rudraksha lockets, Durga Shakti pendants, Ma Durga silver coins, Durga Yantra etc.

If you belong to Gujarat & Maharashtra, then perhaps you'd invite the wrath of your loved ones if you don't gift them Dandiya Sticks!

Well, these are just a few and I know there must be many more gift ideas in your mind. So, what would you like to receive as Navratri Gift this year? Also, what do you plan to gift your loved ones this Navratri?

Lets hear from you and see which other Navratri Gift ideas we all come up with!

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