Have you got any plans for this weekend? How about traveling to India without leaving Lisbon? The Festival Navrati is celebrated from 1 to 10th October. It is 9 days of celebration to protect us from threats, catastrophes, and ending spiritually illuminated. Believing or not, it is worth to get to know something different, being in contact with traditions from a community which has lived in Portugal since 1975.
The Hindu community has lived in Portugal since 1975 after the process of decolonization in Mozambique and some Indian states which belonged to the Portuguese colonies. It has its own place for cultural and religious events in Lisbon. The building, located in Alameda Mahatma Gandhi, Lumiar, has not only a temple, but also an auditorium, an area for social and cultural support. In it you find several workshops, events, shows and cultural and religious traditions as a way to publicize this community’s identity.
This week it has been happening a very important festival for the Hindu community – the Navrati. Navrati means ‘‘nine auspicious nights’’. It is a cult to the goddess of power in order to get protection to any kind of threat or possible catastrophe. These nine days are divided in sets of three. During the first three days the goddess is invoked as Durga destined to cure from all contamination, evils, and defects. On the following three days she is worshiped as Lakshmi, the mother of spiritual richness. On the final three days, the goddess is worshiped as Sarasvati, responsible for the spiritual enlightenment and total success in life.
Being a believer or just curious for other cultures, you can enjoy the last days of the festival – or at least testify the cult to the goddess Lakshmi and leave the festival more illuminated. It occurs until 10th of October with dancing, colours and tastes of India, without traveling there. As for the prices it is 2€ per night or if you prefer enjoying the three last night, the ticket costs 5€.