Navaratri is a nine day festival where Goddess Durga is worshipped in different states with different names. It is not only celebrated in Gujarat but in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and many other states.
In Gujarat, It is celebrated on the first nine days of Ashwin month. Devotees worship Goddess Durga and fast during Navratri. In the evening, Garbi is lighted and women do the aarti. Garbi is an earthen pot with holes and diyas inside. The most amazing thing is the Garba and Dandiya Raas which are the most popular form of dance. It is done by both men and women wearing their traditional dresses.
In east India, it is observed generally in the last four days. States like West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and Bihar celebrate this festival with great joy and can be seen in different parts of the states in big pandals. Durga Pooja is the main festival for the people of West Bengal. Men and women wear their best colorful dresses and celebrate with Dhol, Dhak, Dhunuchi naach with fresh air filled with the fragrance of Agarbattis.
In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga, Laxmi, and Saraswati. They worship three days for each goddess. They invite their relatives, friends and exchange sweets, gifts, and jewelry. The best thing to see is the Kolu which is the staircse with nine steps and all nine steps represent a night of Navaratri.
They decorate it with colorful dolls and idols of God and Goddess.
In Andhra Pradesh, Kolu is celebrated as Batukamma Panduga which means “Come Alive Mother Goddess”. They perform Pooja in front of Batukamma for 9 days. On the last day, they set afloat their Batukamma into the lake.
In Kerala, Navaratri is celebrated in the last three days and they give their main importance to learn on these three days. They place books and musical instruments in front of Goddess Saraswati and take the books outside for reading on the tenth day.
Himachal Pradesh celebrate it in a different manner. They celebrate it on the tenth day when all other states end the function. They celebrate this day as the Kullu Dussehra as the return of Lord Rama from Vanvaas. They visit temples and worship Goddess Durga.