Graceful bodies dance in a circle. Dip and rise. Dip and rise. Swirl and dip and rise.
At the heart of the circle, a flickering oil lamp in an earthen pot - Garba, from garb, meaning womb. The Mother Goddess.
Round and round the dancers go. The tempo rises, the dancers keep up. The music reaches a crescendo. Bodies pirouette. Skirts twirl. The mirrors sewn onto skirts catch the light and reflect it back. The frenzy never ends.
Is it a celebration? Entertainment? Worship? Festival and Festivity are cousins.
The Navratras. Nine nights of non-stop dancing. Nine nights of worship.
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