Navratri festival commences on 29th September and ends on 07th October this year. A festival that is celebrated throughout the Indian sub-continent backed with different stories and celebrations across various regions. Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day after Navarathri, the nine holy days observed during the monsoon-autumn season every year. Dussehra or Vijayadasami-as its popularly known marks the end to Navarathri.
Religious Significance of Navaratri Puja
East-West and North-South versions of Dussehra
In the eastern and northeastern states of India, Dussehra is associated with Durga puja. On nine holy days, devotees pray for the victory of goddess Durga over a demon, Mahishasura. On the final day demon gets beheaded, Vijayadasami is celebrated to signify this win of dharma over evil(adharma).
In the western and northern states, Dussera is celebrated to embrace the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. The act known as Ramlila will be performed throughout various locations and all eyes will be on the final act of burning effigies of Ravana.
While in the south, all the above celebrations will be carried out in parallel.
Artifacts of the season
Colorfully decorated stages where idols of Goddess Durga in various forms of her transformations are placed, this symbolic view will fill in every street and corner during Navarathri. There will be art performances including plays that depict the war between goddess and Demon.
The drama playing the life of Lord Rama called Ramlila enlightens the crowd. The final act of burning effigies of Ravana happens to the most enthralling moment of all.
Air-filled with prayers, every home kept clean and holy, the arriving time will mint divinity in every aspect to remove the materialistic darkness blinding one's mind through the light of ultimate truth or dharma. The victory of gods over demons symbolically signifies the assured re-establishment of truth and wisdom by the end no matter how deep evil blends in.
When can the Navaratri Puja be performed
Navaratri is a Hindu festival, it is celebrated for nine days. Navaratri is celebrated every year in the autumn. According to Hindu mythology, Navaratri is celebrated four times a year one is Magh Navaratri, Ashaadi Navaratri, Vasanta Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri. Vasant Navaratri falls on the March to April, and Sharad Navaratri falls on the September to October. Sharad Navaratri is the most celebrated festival.
Sharad Navaratri is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashvini or Post Monsoon, normally it falls in September and October month. This Navaratri puja is celebrated for nine days, This festival is observed according to the lunisolar calendar.
Advantages of Performing the Navaratri Puja
- By performing Navaratri puja many benefits are there, mainly one gets the blessings from goddess Durga Mata.
- Navarathri festival days are very auspicious if you perform puja during that time will get special and a lot of benefits. One can attain money, success in life, prosperity in business.
- By performing this puja one can become free from all sins in one’s life.
- It also aids the safety and bad spirits or evil spirits and to remove obstacles and problems in one's life.
- It builds self-confidence and gets rid of diseases.
- This puja helps one to fulfill his desires and wishes.
Navaratri Puja FAQ'S
What is Navaratri?
Navaratri is a Hindu festival and is celebrated for nine nights and ten days, every year it is celebrated. In the northern and southern India, various forms of Durga Mata puja can be performed on Navaratri. This festival signifies the triumph of good over evil.
On which day we can celebrate Dussehra, during Navaratri festival?
On the tenth day of the Navaratri festival, we can celebrate Dussehra.
What are the nine forms of Goddess Durga Mata?
The goddess Durga Mata nine forms are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidhatri.
What are the nine colors of the Navaratri?
Grey, Orange, White, Red, Sky blue, Pink, Royal blue, Yellow, and Green.
What are the Items to be required for Navaratri puja?
Goddess Durga photo frame, Sari for the goddess, Durga Saptashati book, Ganga Jal, Kalasha, Fresh mango leaves, Fresh grass, Sandalwood, Coconut, Roli, Kumkum, turmeric powder, Mouli sacred thread, rice, supari, Betel leaves, cloves, cardamom, Gulal.
Navarathri puja is performed according, to the Hindu lunar month of Ashvina or Ashvin and it generally falls in between September - October. The Navaratri means nine nights of the period, is considered to be an auspicious day. The goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati are the worshipers during the Navaratri.
Durga - Goddess is the symbol of courage and strength.
Lakshmi - Goddess is the symbol of wealth and luxury.
Saraswati - Goddess is the symbol of education and Vedic knowledge.
The first three days Goddess Parvathi Devi is worshiped, next three days puja for goddess Lakshmi, and another Three days for goddess Saraswati.
Sankalpam( The Testimony of The Vedic Vidhi)
The word Sankalpam indicates the Vedic astrology of Panchang, place, time, day, Tithi, Nakshatra, Yogam, and Karanam. These are recited to the three trinities of Bhrama, Vishnu, and Shiva. The Vedic Vidhi recites for the current Vedic year and the Vedic name of the subcontinent and other significant elements. At the end of the Sankalpa needs family members Name, Gotra, Zodiac sign, Birth star to recite as a part of the puja and to get the blessings from the Lord Maha Ganapati, Navagrahas, family deity (kula devata), Grama devata and Ishta devata (favorite god one’s choice). So the first procedure is to invoke blessings from the deity.
The Ganapati puja is considered as an auspicious for all the ceremonies while starting the puja. By doing Ganapathi puja, will get free from obstacles, hurdles in life. It acquires materialistic, spirituality in life.
16 common offerings to the Deity during worship
Dhyana – Meditating
Aavaahana – Inviting the deity into the altar.
Asana – Giving a seat to the deity
Paadya – Washing the deity’s feet with pure water.
Arghya – to wash hands and mouth.
Aachamana – Offering drinking water to the Deity.
Snaana – Bath the deity idol with turmeric water, milk, curd, sugar, water.
Vasthra – Offering Clothes to the deity
Yagnopaveetha – Offering the thread to wear from his right shoulder
Gandha – apply sandalwood paste(mixed with water) on the forehead and shoulders to the deity
Pushpa – Offering fresh flowers while chanting the deity’s names.
Dhoop – Spreading fragrance to the altar.
Deepa –offering a Diya to illuminate the surrounding decorated deity.
Naivedya – offering food to the deity.
Taambula – Offering betel nut and leaves with fruits.
Harathi - offering Harathi by lighting camphor
The word of Punya Vachanam gives clarity of the clean ritual by invoking the blessings from the Lord Varuna (the lord of water) along with sacred rivers of the country namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Cavery. The tirtha mantras are recited where the Punya Vachanam is performed, and their all the five elements are,
Jal - water
Vayu - air
Prithvi - earth
Agni - fire
Akasha - sky or space
By the chanting of Vedic mantras related to Lord Varuna, the place will be purified, where the positive energy is being retained in the pot and Punyavachana can be performed.
Navagrahas are nine planets, and each planet governs a specific element (five elements) in the life cycle, so the certain specified planetary combinations in the horoscope give both malefic effects and good effects.
The beneficial effects are taken into consideration of the particular planet individually and also in their combination. Generally to rectify or to neutralize the evil effect of the planets Navagraha puja can be performed along with Navagraha mantras.
To remove the malefic effects of the planets this Navagraha puja can be performed. During this puja one will get blessings from Adidevata (subordinate lord of the planet), ‘Prathana Devata’ (main deity of the planet).
The Kalasa puja can be done with the help of a copper vessel. Place the Kalasa, fill it with water, a coin and nine types of grains. In red cloth, one can tie the coconut. Then, coconut is placed on the top of Kalasa with mango leaves. By doing this procedure Kalasa puja can be finished.
Purohit does puja to the Deity with Ashotathara(108) names of particular God or Goddess. Before performing ashtotaram he does Archana with Tithi, devotee name, birth star, Gothram, and also with family member names for the welfare of the entire family. Purohit offers coconut, incense stick, Banana, Flower to God and Goddess to get blessings.
After performing the puja, Purohit offers Naivedya to God and completes the Shodashopachara Puja.
The Naivedyam which is offered to God is called as Prasadam and is distributed to the devotees. In Hindu, culture Prasadam has given more importance, as it flourishes the life full of prosperity and well being. People who are unable to go temple can also have prasadam to get the benefits of puja.
Maha Mangal Aarti
The Astavedha Seva has done along with the Vedic chants. The camphor aarti, flowers, and Akshatha will be offered.
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