Navratri Dandia is established by young team of migrants from Gujarat (India) with the intention to maintain, enhance, and promote his rich Gujarati culture and heritage in down under. Navratri Dandia Australia team is trying its best to cover all cities of Australia with series of dandia events. Dandia events are held cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane each year to mark Navratri Festival Australia wide. Our mission is to unite Gujarati community Australia wide and perpetuate rich Gujarati culture. Australian census data indicates that there are more than 40000 people speak Guajarati in Australia whom Navratri Dandia aim to serve.

Navratri Festival

“Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.

During Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as "Durga," which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as "Devi" (goddess) or "Shakti" (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there.

Our Gujarati Culture

Gujarati culture is derived from Gujjar Rashtra. Gujarat with the least number of urban populace, the rural areas of Gujarat and its culture exuberance are beautiful manifested in its plethora of element. The nature with the unique aura, casts a spell in the lives of inhabitants, who thereby nicely incorporated with the conventional religious practices of Guajarati community.  All these factors are nicely being highlighted in the musical rhythm, dance styles, gaiety festivals, lifestyle and Guajarati cuisine. Gujarati culture is very popular for its celebration of festival. The most popular festival of Gujarat is Navaratri, which is an ancient and colourful festival.

Apart from this, Guajarati are also well known for the celebration of Makar Shankranti, holi and Diwali.  Gujarati culture is a fountain of music and dancing style. The most popular gujarati music is Garba and dayro. The most popular gujarati dance is Garba, Rasaka and tippani.

Gujarati people are fond of food. Gujarati cuisine is well known for its very unique and distinct flavour. Gujarati food is mostly vegetarian as most of gujarati are vegetarian. The most popular gujarati dishes are Dhokala, Kachori, Bhajiya, chaat, Chakri, Malpua, Barfi and Doodhpak.