Navratri in Karachi

The report above is by Zanobia Ilyas, who writes:

These visuals of celebrations and festivity are not from our neighboring country but are of our very own Karachi the largest city of Pakistan, where the Hindus settled in this city for centuries are celebrating their religious festival of navratri. This truly conforms to the ideals and visions of the founding father of this nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. These celebrations take place every year for 9 nights and 10 days and during these nine nights, nine forms of Shakti Devi are worshipped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra where special prayers are offered and food distributed. Every year the Hindus living in Karachi pray for the safety and prosperity of Pakistan.

During the time of independence of Pakistan in 1947, the Hindu’s living this part of the world accepted Pakistan as their country and identity. According to the Pakistan Hindu council, there are around 7 million Hindus living in Pakistan, and they live and die for the prosperity and the betterment of this country

During the festival of Navratri the disciples of Hinduism hold different worships and prayers and as part of this ritual they have to put themselves through difficult and trying tasks. Following this sentiment the Hindu priest Babu Lal Jay ram will walk sleep and eat, only on pieces of broken and he will remain on them for the 10 days and pray for everyone

Navratri is celebrated in a large number of Hindu communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. They believe that these nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences them with. The Hindus of Pakistan passionately and freely celebrate all their festivals and always pray for the prosperity and safety of Pakistan.

And here’s a report on another news channel, Geo:

7 thoughts on “Navratri in Karachi”

  1. Our generation has been groomed to think in a way that dismisses any secular freedom in Pakistan. Although the news is welcomed in good heart, somewhere deep down I find myself asking, “why did I ever doubt it?” and a realization of the inherent likeness between the two countries.

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