New Delhi: The auspicious 9-day lengthy competition of Navrati is knocking on the door and the preparations are in full swing. The Navratri falling within the month of September-October known as Sharad or Sharadiya Navratri – this yr it begins from October 17 and can final until 25th, with Vijayadashami being celebrated on the identical day or 26 (relying upon timings). 

Sharad Navratri coincides with Durga Puja festivity which is a 5-day lengthy competition, extensively celebrated throughout the globe. It’s a main competition for Bengali neighborhood. This yr it begins from October 22 to 26 respectively. 

Ashwina Ghatasthapana on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ghatasthapana Muhurat – 06:23 AM to 10:12 AM

Period – 03 Hours 49 Minutes

Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat – 11:43 AM to 12:29 PM

Period – 00 Hours 46 Minutes

Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi

Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls throughout prohibited Chitra Nakshatra

Pratipada Tithi Begins – 01:00 AM on Oct 17, 2020

Pratipada Tithi Ends – 09:08 PM on Oct 17, 2020

Chitra Nakshatra Begins – 02:58 PM on Oct 16, 2020

Chitra Nakshatra Ends – 11:52 AM on Oct 17, 2020

(in keeping with drikpanchang.com)

On the primary day of Navratri, Ghatasthapana ritual takes place, marking the start of the competition. It invokes the Goddess Shakti earlier than the 9-day puja begins.

Here is tips on how to put together for the Ghatasthapana:

A shallow utensil with a large mouth fabricated from clay is usually used as the bottom. Three layers of every of mud and seeds of Sapta Dhanya / Navadhanya (seven or 9 totally different grains) are scattered within the pan. Water is sprinkled in order that the seeds get sufficient moisture to thrive and germinate.

A Kalash (fabricated from brass/copper or silver) smaller than the mouth of the claypan is crammed with Ganga Jal or common clear water. Just a few forex cash, supari, Akshat (Uncooked rice combined with turmeric powder) and Durva grass are put within the water. Then 5 leaves of the mango tree are positioned across the neck of the Kalash. And eventually, the neck of the Kalash is roofed by putting a coconut with its fibre protruding upward. Some folks put uncooked rice, cash, dried turmeric fruit and kumkum within the Kalash as an alternative of water.

This Kalash is then stored proper in the midst of the pan crammed with the mud and Navadhanya.

Then a Haldi-kumkum tika is placed on the Kalash. You possibly can even cowl the Kalash with a recent piece of colored material and put a small garland round it.

As soon as the Ghata is ready, place it in your Puja room on a picket platform. Then it is advisable invoke Goddess Durga within the Kalash and thus invite her to your house to simply accept your choices and prayers.

After invoking the Goddess (which has similarities to Prana Pratishthan), it is advisable carry out the Panchopachara Puja whereby you’d be required to greet her with Chandan, flowers, incense, an oil lamp and fruits or Prasad.

Navratri marks the victory of fine over evil and Ghatashthapana hails the female energy—Durga.

Jai Mata Di!