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Navaratri is the longest Hindu festival celebrated all over India for nine consecutive nights in praise of Lord Rama (Hero of the Epic Ramayana) and Goddess Durga from September end to early October. Continuous chanting from the great epic "Ramayana", along with evening performances from the episodes of his life are held for nine days. In Bengal , Navaratri is celebrated as Pujo, a celebration of Durga, goddess of power and vitality who is believed to take a new form on each of the nine days. Durga is believed to have slain the demon, Mahishasura, on Dussehra. Rama is also said to have worshipped the goddess, seeking her blessings in order overpower Ravana. In Gujarat, Navaratri is a cultural festival. Every night men and women of all ages dress up in all their festive finery, and gather in courtyards to do the Garba and Dandiya Raas community dances. Many a romance has sparked off at Navaratri garbas .