Sharad Navaratri is the festival of Goddess Durga and a popular and one of the most awaited Hindu festivals of the year. In this article, we will tell you about the Sharad Navaratri best muhurta of puja, dates, puja vidhi, and ghat-sthapana in these nine days. It is celebrated as the symbol of victory of good over evil. The whole country celebrates it by different names. The word Navaratri literally means “Nine Nights“. During this time devotees continuously fast for nine days and immerse themselves in the religious fervor of Goddess Durga, who signifies beauty, energy, and knowledge. They worship and ask the Goddess to bless them with power and knowledge and to fill their life with positivity.
There are 4 Navaratris in one year, but out of these, two are comparatively more popular than the rest – first is Chaitra Navaratri, which is celebrated in the month of March-April, and the other is Sharada Navaratri, celebrated in September-October.
Sharad Navaratri best Muhurta of Puja, Dates, Puja Vidhi
This year the Sharada Navaratri will begin on Saturday, 17th of October, and end with Dussehra or Vijay Dashmi, on 25th October 2020. This time Navami and Dashmi will be on the same day i.e. 25th Oct. The celebrations will begin with Ghatasthapana on the 17th. The best muhurta for Kalasha or Ghata Sthapana is between 6:23 a.m. – 10:12 a.m.
Puja Vidhi and preparation of Ghata/Kalasha – Generally a Kalash is considered the best for Ghatasthapana, but you can also use bronze or silver for the same. First, wash the utensil thoroughly and fill it with simple water or Gangajal. Worship the Kalash with Akshat (rice), Haldi (turmeric), Kumkum, and Durva grass. You can also put some beside the Kalash. Now place some mango leaves on the neck of Kalash and place a raw coconut, with the pointed side up, on the leaves. You can also wrap a red cloth around coconut, as the color red is very special in the puja of Goddess Durga. For the next nine days this Kalash is worshipped and on the last day (eighth or ninth) this coconut is cracked as an offering to the Goddess.
Significance of each day of Navaratri
During the nine days of Navaratri, different forms or Swarupas of Goddess Shakti are worshipped every day. Each form symbolizes a different aspect of the same eternal power. Below is the list of different goddesses and the days on which they should be worshipped.
|Pratipada – 17 October||Saturday||Shailaputri||Disease and ailment free life|
|Dwitiya – 18 October||Sunday||Brahmacharini||Spirit of goodness and quality|
|Tritiya – 19 October||Monday||Chandraghanta||Destruction of evil|
|Chaturthi – 20 October||Tuesday||Kushmanda||Warmth and energy|
|Panchami – 21 October||Wednesday||Skandamata||Good health|
|Shashti – 22 October||Thursday||Katyayini||Trouble-free life|
|Saptami – 23 October||Friday||Kalaratri||Protection from evil powers|
|Ashtami – 24 October||Saturday||Mahagauri||Blessing of child|
|Navami – 25 October||Sunday||Siddhidatri||Knowledge and wisdom|
Stories behind the festival
- In Hindu Mythology, Navaratri is another name for the nine nights and ten days in which Maa Durga battled with Demon Mahishasura, and ultimately killed him on the 10th day. It is believed that the demon Mahishasura had attained a boon that no male, be it god or human, will be able to kill him. Taking advantage of this, he tortured humans and attacked gods. When the gods became helpless, they went to Goddess Shakti and pleaded with her to save them. Enraged by this, Goddess went to Mahishasura and battled fiercely with him for 9 days. On the 10th day, she finally killed the demon and once again established well over evil.
- Another story is that on the 10th day i.e. Vijayadashami, Lord Rama killed Ravana, and reinstated the goodness in the world. and this day is also known as Dussehra “The victory of good over evil“.
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