As with Hindu communities around the world, the Hindu community
in Sri Lanka join in celebrating the nine-day Navarathri festival.
To commemorate the nine days and nights that Goddess Durga fought
the Asura, she is worshipped in all her innumerable forms, signifying
the triumph of good, piety and devotion over evil. Also referred
to as Dasara, prayers are held for first three nights for Goddess
Thurgai (bravery), second three nights for Goddess Lakshmi (wealth)
and the final three nights for Goddess Saraswathy (education).
Significantly at the Veera Pathirakaali Amman Temple in Rajagiriya,
Goddess Durga's blessings are invoked. At home, a doll exhibition
called kolu is arranged. Ladies visit each others homes to see
the kolu, bearing sweets, savoury items and other gifts.