Actor opens up to give a much-needed push to new up-and-coming female designers and women-owned businesses amid the ongoing pandemic
At a time when cases of gender-based violence are still on the rise, Esha Deol Takhtani believes that this Navratri will remind men of the goddess who resides within every woman. “These cases are common in areas where education is not given much importance and there is a lack of respect and respect that men need to maintain for the opposite sex. In Navratri everyone worships the goddess. When If you worship them, it is imperative that you respect the women in your life,” she elaborates.
This Navratri is very special for the 39-year-old actor. She has collaborated with up-and-coming women designers and women-owned businesses to give them the much needed push amid the ongoing pandemic. “This time things are much better and I thought people would definitely be ready and come out. I am happy to help and empower other women who have started their own businesses,” says Takhtani, who is also ensuring that her daughters observe the nine colors of Navratri.
Listening to Mahishasur Mardini and chanting Durga Saptashati is an integral part of Navratri celebrations for Takhtani. He believes that these rituals are important to instill the values of self-esteem and dignity in his daughters, Radhya, 3, and Miraya, 2.
“We play the shlokas of Mahishasur Mardini in the house in the morning and evening. In both our pregnancies, we recited Durga Saptashati. We are doing it this year as well. It goes on for about one and a half hours where we sing hymns to invoke the goddess. When I had daughters in my womb, I thought they reacted to it. Now when we play it, they dance to it as if they have heard it before,” concludes the actor, who will be seen in Rudra: The Age of Darkness.
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