Navratri is amongst the most important Hindu festivals. This auspicious festival is celebrated with great zeal and devotion throughout the country. The literal meaning of 'Navratri' is 'nine auspicious nights'. Navratri is a pious festival celebrated in the honor of nine different forms of the Goddess Durga for nine continuous days. Navratri is being celebrated in our country adhering to all the customs and rituals. It is of utmost importance to know the exact method of performing the Navratri Pooja.
Navratri Pujan Kit designed by Future Point contains Navratri Pooja Vidhi alongwith Puja material.
It contains the following items-
- Parad Durga
- Durga Beesa Yantra
- Red Chunni
You will need incense sticks, a 'deep' and a matchstick. You will also require some fresh flowers like rose, jasmine or red hibiscus. You may offer fresh fruits and sweets such as 'laddoo', or 'peda' for prasad. Take a mat, to sit. If possible, every member of the house should sit together.
Navratri Pooja Vidhi
For performing the Navratri Pooja, you need to wake up early in the morning. Get up sharp at the sunrise. This time is considered best to perform the Navratri Pooja. Take bath and wear laundered clothes. Keep 'Deepak' at the left side of the deity. Try to light the 'Akhand Jyoti'. If you are lighting the "Akhand Jyoti" then make it sure that everybody doesn't leave the house, someone must stay back at home'. On the right hand side of the idol, keep incense sticks etc. Keep yourself prepared to do the Puja with full devotion and concentration. Keep the Kalash and coconut as well. Lay the mat and sit in an upright position in front of the deity. Light the 'Deepak'. Ring the bell.
For 'Kalash Sthapna'
Place the Kalash near the idol or picture of the deity and fill it with pure water. Place mango leaves on the mouth of the Kalash. Place a coconut inside the Kalash. Tie Moli around the neck of the Kalash.
Sprinkle 'Gangajal' all over the Puja room. Now, offer sandalwood powder and some fresh grass to the Goddess. Then, offer the Sari or Dupatta to the Goddess. Place some fresh flowers in front of the Goddess. Next, offer 'Paan' with a clove placed on it. If you are married, then offer two such Paans. Light incense sticks and perform 'Havan' using this mantra- "Om aing hreeng kleeng chamundaya vichche". Give Aahuti 108 times. Fold your hands and pray. At last, offer prasad and do Aarti of Goddess Durga. Chant the "Kshama Prarthana" to conclude the Puja. Pray with whole heart.
Durga Saptashati can also be chanted on the concluding day or otherwise deploy Pandits for its chanting during all nine days of Navratri.
Celebration of 'Mahanavami' in India:
The ninth day of Navratri, popularly known as 'Mahanavami' is the final day of Navratri celebrations. The celebration of 'Mahanavami' varies from state to state in India.
People of different states celebrate Mahanavami in their own way. People from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab do 'Kanya Puja' on the last day. On the concluding day, nine young girls are invited in the house and feasted with delicious food. These nine young girls are treated as the nine forms of the Goddess. They are welcomed by washing their feet and putting Tilak on their forehead.