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Ishita, Paritosh, Simran gear up for Navaratri

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Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) TV actors Paritosh Tripathi, Simran Khanna and Ishita Ganguly are thrilled about celebrating the nine-day long Navaratri.

“I have been celebrating Navaratri since childhood. I worship all the nine forms of goddess Durga on all the nine days. This year, I am shooting on Navaratri so it’s quite difficult for me to do all of them, but I always keep fast on the first and last days of Navaratri,” said Paritosh.

Like the masses, he also eats fruits and drinks coconut water during fast.

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“On the day of Ashtami, I also perform Kanya Pujan, I feel it is best part of Navaratri because we believe that during Navaratri, goddess Durga comes home in the form of a little girl and we get blessings from all the girls. This year, I have decided to learn to play proper Garba because I love watching Garba, it’s so colourful and a stressbuster,” he added.

Talking about the festival, Simran said: “I will start nine days of fasting. Most of the time, I shoot for 12 hours everyday and in this condition doing nine days fast will be a bit difficult, but I am sure it will happen smoothly with the blessing of Maa.

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“The reason to do the fast is because my mother used to do it. A few months back, she passed away, so I want to continue that tradition. This year, Navaratri is also important for me because I am working on a great show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kahlata Hai’.”

For Ishita, Navaratri is very special. “I am from Kolkata which is known for Durga Puja. I follow nine days of worship and rituals at my home and on the day of Ashtami, me and my mother visit a Durga Pandal and there, we meet our relatives and friends and worship. I generally visit Kolkata during Navaratri but this year, I am busy with my show ‘Jag Janaani Mata Vaishno Devi – Kahani Mata Rani Ki’,” she said.

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–IANS

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