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First and the foremost is to ensure the home is energetically welcoming, engage in thorough cleaning, including vacuuming, mopping, window washing, and decluttering. This creates a harmonious environment, both for Mother Durga and the guests.

Traditional elements of Dussehra decorations often include Rangoli designs, colourful torans (door hangings), idols of deities, oil lamps or diyas, and garlands made from marigold flowers etc.

Absolutely, floral Navratri decoration is a brilliant idea. Homes are decorated with fresh flower strings, garlands and torans. It is also suggested to place fresh flowers in a glass bowl filled with water and place it at the entrance to attract prosperity and good health.

Flowers are one of the most versatile Navratri decoration items. You can use them to make garlands, captivating arrangements, and more. You can even ditch making rangolis with powder colours for gorgeous blooms. Flowers will fill up the home with a magical fragrance and helps to make unique designs and shapes.

A Durga idol or photographis placed in the pooja room, the space is decorated with hanging lanterns and flowers. Two Kalash are placed with mango leaves and coconut at the entrance of the pooja room and a white rangoli on the floor.

Drape fabric or garlands between the shelves to create a canopy effect. Add small potted plants, candles or string lights for extra embellishment. A floating shelf altar is an innovative pooja room decor idea that combines function and style. The pooja room will be uncluttered, allowing you to focus your reverence.

Use colorful navratri decoration ideas to adorn the space. Hang torans or garlands made of marigold, mango or palm leaves over doorways. Place rangoli, diyas or string lights around the area to make it festive. You can also add potted plants, flowers and traditional Indian cushions, pillows or wall hangings.

Get some fresh and colorful flowers to adorn the entrance of your house and temple. Also, you can use flower petals to draw rangoli and decorate the puja thali. Furthermore, you can use flower garlands to decorate walls, windows, and the goddess Durga's idol.

Spruce up your home entrance with flower garlands and torans. Set up Jhallars with old fabrics like dupattas as a backdrop for the Durga puja at home. Enhance your home interiors with traditional diyas, fairy lights and rangoli designs.

Light the lamp and incense sticks. Offer some flowers to Ma Durga and decorate the picture or idol with vermilion, chandan and turmeric paste. Every day during the puja, sprinkle some water on the barley seeds you had sown. Offer some interesting dishes you specially prepared for the puja.

Decorative items used during Navratri and Durga puja are:

·         Artificial Flowers.

·         Diyas & Lanterns.

·         Decorative Garlands.

·         Idols & Figurines.

·         Seasonal Indoor String Lights.

·         Rangoli.

·         Umbrella Holders.

Apart from these you can pick so many beautiful decorative pieces to deck your home during the festival. Tealight holders, colourful bells and wall hangings, fresh flowers, salt lamps, oil diffusers, beautiful rangoli and fairy lights make for the perfect Navratri decoration.

In South India, the celebrations take the form of Bommai Golu or Navratri Golu – an artistic display of dolls and figurines. The tradition can be seen in states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. The festivities begin with each household setting up a Golu in the corner of the house. Usually Golu is kept facing east.

Nine steps are kept for the Golu or otherwise 3, 5, 7, steps are arranged, i.e. in odd numbers only, and more than one and usually not exceeding 9. The popular version of the significance of the 9 steps is that they represent the 9 Navagrahas.

Characters from Ramayana, Puranas, and Dashavataram are depicted.  These days Golu also depicts particular themes like environment, space, mythology, current affairs, and more.

It is a custom to add at least one new doll every year. The Golu could be a mode of telling ancient stories such as Ramayana or Bhagavad Gita or it could simply depict the evolution of life from animals to the sages and seers.

For the golu, houses are decorated with mango leaf toran, flower, wall hangings, colourful rangoli, new floor mats and fine electrical lightings around the set golu. Mud & sliver lamps are lit, fruits, gift items, Prasadam are placed in front of the golu before it is distributed to the guest.

The entire atmosphere gets into a traditional form and the decorations in the household are extravagant and highly appealing.  With these effects the memories of this occasion will linger forever.

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