Navratri Festival | What to do during Navratri



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About Navratri Festival

Navaratri is the most auspicious celebration for Devi Maa. In Shaktam, one of the practices of attaining moksham and mukti is through Goddess puja during Navaratri.

As per Hindu mythology there are 6 seasons or ritu’. Each ritu is a form of female. thus it assumes greatr importance and auspiciousness in its duration. Each season is endowed with a specific navratra. In Shastras 4 out of these 6 are given more importances and amongst these 4 only 2 are widely followed and in between this two, Sharad Navaratri is widely followed. The puja associated with Sharad Navaratri is very popular in whole of India. It is the most benevolent period in respect of seeking the blessings of MAA.

Since this is the most crucial time being the junction period between summer and winter; Mother Nature is most precarious during this period and informs through various nature indication that in this period one should be very careful for having healthy and long life. Hence these puja are ordained in our Shastras to built immune system in our self to combat the coming winter season.

Therefore, scientifically and also spiritually one should follow certain basic values during this period in order to have the blessing so that he can live peacefully with all the happiness and progress. Goddess Devi MAA bless all of you with her unpolluted blessings. Offer special prayers to Maa Vishno Devi with Bhaint & Prasad on Ashtami.

For this, one has to follow certain rules of Do’s and don’t. First the Do’s are important but don’t are more important. If you are not able to do the Do’s it may not give any negative effect. But if you do not abstain then you can land yourself in serious trouble.

Do’s and don’t for Navratri

Do’s : 

1. Daily having bath in the morning preferably by 9.00 AM.
2. Eat only Satvic Food, only once.
3. Give some home made bhog to Gods every day; if not possible then milk and fruits should be offered.
4. Go to temple or do puja to Maa daily in the morning and evening by lighting lamp and offering flower and doing arti.
5. Try to give gift to at least 2 small girl children, every day preferably in the evening.
6. After bath always wear fresh cloth do not use the
discarded cloth.
7. Recite the mantras and slokas of Maa every available minute with you.
8. Earnestly pray to the Goddess Mother to cleanse your Past Karmaas and bring happiness and prosperity in your life.

Don’ts: 
1. Do not cut your nails for all these days till Ekadashi.
2. Do not have a hair cut also during this period.
3. Do not stitch or knit during this period.
4. Do not gossip, tell lies or use harsh words/curse others.
5. Do not leave the Jyot to burn it out. After puja you should, with some flowers put to rest the Agni which stood as the witness to your puja and offering.
6. Do not dust your home or at least in the Puja Room/Place and in Kitchen.
7. Do not wear slipper in the house if possible for all these 9 days or avoid getting into the puja room wearing one.
8. Do not study anything on the 9th day; instead you should keep all your books and other modern gadget near the MAA and seek her blessing on this day and then on Vijay Dashami day you should
take them and read sitting before MAA.
Follow these simple rules and you will benefit. Getting Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatmiyam parayanam done on any one day can bring excellent progress, prosperity and success in your life. If you are not able to follow above rules due to any reason, the prayaschittam will be to get Devi Durga Saptashati Parayanam done in your name on any of the 9 days will ensure good happiness and unhindered progress
in life.

Navratri Celebrations

Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less.

 

Navratri DayDayForm of GoddessTithiPujan
Colour
Navratri Day 1PratipadaShailaputri MaaGhatasthapanaShailputri PujanGrey
Navratri Day 2DwitiyaBrahmachariniChandra DarshanBhramacharini PujanOrange
Navratri Day 3TritiyaChandraghantaSindoor Tritiya, Sowbhagya TeejChandraghanta PujanWhite
Navratri Day 4ChaturthiKushmandaVarad Vinayaka ChauthBhouma ChaturthiRed
Navratri Day 5PanchamiSkandamataLalita PanchamiUpang Lalita Vrat, Lalitha Gauri Vrat, Skandamata PujanNavy Blue
Navratri Day 6ShashtiKatyayaniMaha ShashtiSaraswati Awahan, Katyayani PujanYellow
Navratri Day 7SaptamiKaalratriMaha SaptamiSaraswati Puja, Kalaratri Pujan, Utsava PujaGreen
Navratri Day 8AshtamiMaha GauriDurga Ashtami, Maha AshtamiSaraswati Mata Pujan, Mahagauri Pujan, Sandhi PujaPeocock Green
Navratri Day 9NavamiSiddhidatriKhande Navami, Durga Visarjan, Maha NavamiAyudha Puja, Kanya pujaPurple

 

Traditions of Navaratri Festival

1) Vasanta Navaratri

2) Ashad Navaratri 

3) Sharad Navaratri

4) Pausha Navaratri

5) Magha Navaratri

 

Forms of Shakti

Nine forms of Shakti are worshipped during the Navaratris. The Devis worshipped depend on the tradition of the region.

  • Durga
  • Kali
  • Amba or Jagadamba, Mother of the universe
  • Annapoorna devi or Gauri, The one who bestows grains (anna) in plenty (purna: used as subjective)
  • Sarvamangala or Sheetal, The one who gives happiness (mangal) to all (sarva)
  • Bhairavi
  • Chandika or Chandi
  • Lalita
  • Bhavani
  • Mookambika or Tara
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