As the nine-day Navratri festival has already begun, a video of women performing a unique form of ‘garba’ in Gujarat’s Rajkot city has caught the attention of social media users. In the clip, several women are seen in traditional clothing ‘chaniya choli’ dress, appearance ‘Talwar Ras’ or sword swings on bikes, scooters and jeeps. The unique garba event is said to have taken place on Tuesday, the third day of Navaratri, according to the news agency ANI.
The event was organized at Rajvi Palace in Rajkot. Women entered the venue with swords and waved them in the air while riding Royal Enfield Bike and Land Rover. This was also followed by a couple of women riding Honda Activa scooters while their pillion riders stood on their seats and swung swords.
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All the vehicles were decorated with garlands. At the end of the video, six more women were also seen on the Land Rover brandishing swords while the female driver continued to do laps on the ground.
The video was originally shared by ANI on X (formerly Twitter). Together, it has amassed more than 300,000 views. In the comments section, netizens praised the women for their performance.
“This is women’s empowerment,” wrote one user. “Absolutely love the bullet aspect of the video,” said another.
“Amazing and impressive,” commented a third user. “It’s not just a motorcycle but damn bullet 350cc. Hats off,” added another.
Navratri is especially celebrated to welcome the arrival of Goddess Durga. During the auspicious occasion, devotees worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga and seek blessings for the well-being of their families. One of the main highlights of Navratri celebrations in the country is the traditional dance form ‘Garba’ which is a symbol of devotion and worship.
Garba originates from Gujarat and to celebrate the festival people wear rich, traditional and colorful attire. Women wear ‘Chaniya choli’, a colorful three piece dress which consists of a blouse, skirt and dupatta. They also wear heavy jewelry – earrings, bangles, necklaces, etc. Men wear kafni pajamas with a Ghagra – a short round kurta – above the knees and a pagadi on the head.
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