While having dinner in Little India, Penang, I stumbled upon the celebration of Navratri festival at Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
Navratri is a 9-day festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Shakti and its 3 manifestations – Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati. Legend has it that Goddess Durga managed to slay demon Mahishasura (buffalo faced demon) after nine days of battle, hence Navratri is also a celebration of triumph of good over evil.
Hindus celebrate Navratri with great festivity. Devotees perform prayers, singing of bhajans, dance and partake in puja. Devotees also fast during this period.
As it was the final night of Navratri, devotees dressed in their fineries and multi coloured traditional costume thronged to Sri Mahamariamman Temple for prayers and take part in the chariot parade.