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Navaratri, or “nine nights,” is a festival honoring the divine mother, Shakti. These nine nights fall around harvest time, and each day is spent worshiping one of Shakti’s many manifestations, including Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. In the first three days, Durga, the warrior goddess, is invoked to destroy all impurities and vices. During the next three days, Lakshmi is worshiped as a giver of spiritual wealth and prosperity.The last three days honor Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom. Dussehra, which means "the tenth day," is celebrated at the culmination of the "nine nights" festival and is celebrated with feasting and rejoicing.