As the festive spirit of Navratri engulfs India, a unique spectacle from Gujarat’s Rajkot has caught the attention of people online. A video showcasing women performing an extraordinary version of garba, a traditional Gujarati dance form, has gone viral. The women, adorned in vibrant ‘chaniya choli‘ outfits, were seen executing ‘talwar ras‘, a sword-wielding performance while riding bikes, scooters, and jeeps.
The unusual garba event took place on the third day of Navaratri at the Rajvi Palace in Rajkot, according to news agency ANI. The video shows women entering the venue, brandishing swords and waving them in the air as they rode Royal Enfield bikes and Land Rovers. This was followed by a few women riding scooters, with their pillion riders standing on the seats, brandishing swords.
The vehicles used for the performance were festooned with garlands. Towards the end of the video, six additional women were seen atop a Land Rover, wielding swords while the female driver continued to circle the ground.
The video, initially shared by ANI on X, has garnered over 359,000 views. Social media users have lauded these women for their impressive performance.
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Navratri, a nine-day festival, is celebrated to honour the arrival of Goddess Durga. Devotees worship the nine forms of Goddess Durga during this auspicious occasion, seeking blessings for their families’ well-being. One of the key highlights of Navratri celebrations is the traditional dance form garba, which symbolises devotion and worship.
Originating from Gujarat, garba is performed with great fervour during Navratri. Participants dress in traditional, colourful attire. Women wear ‘chaniya choli’, a vibrant three-piece outfit comprising a blouse, skirt, and dupatta, along with heavy jewellery. Men typically wear kafni pyjamas with a ghagra – a short round kurta – above the knees and a pagadi on the head.