Navratri, the name itself says that it is a nine days festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. This festival is considered to be very important festival of hindus and is celebrated all over India. These nine glorious days shows us the nine manifestations of Devi Durga. On this auspicious day Maa Durga is worshipped. The great power of Devi Durga is praised by all. The devotees perform this pooja in order to get the choicest blessings of Maa Durga. This pooja is performed to honour the nine different forms of the Devi for nine continuous days. The Devi blesses her devotees with lots of happiness and prosperity. After performing this pooja for continuous nine days on the tenth day the idol of Maa Durga is immersed in the water.The navratri puja is also named as the Chaitra Navratri. It is derived from a Sanskrit word, Nava means Nine and ratri means night. During these days there are nine forms of Shakti that are worshipped. The puja starts with planting the wheat in a mud bed and watering it daily during nine days. People celebrate this festival by fasting for nine days and different forms of Goddess is worshipped accordingly.
Mahanavami is the ninth day of Navratri and the celebration of this festival varies from state to state. People who want to gain blessings of the Goddess and receive success in their life then this puja is to be performed. If someone is facing any financial issues or any family problems then performing this puja will help to get rid of this issue. This puja is also very useful for the peace of mind and take wise decisions. It is divided into the sets of three days in which Goddess Durga is worshipped on the first three days. The next three days is devoted to the Goddess of wealth i.e. Goddess Laxmi. The last three days is devoted to Goddess Saraswati which definitely brings success in life.
- There are many benefits received after performing this pooja. When the Durga pooja is well performed at that time one receives the divine blessings of Maa Durga. Worshipping the Goddess at this time period can bring a lot of benefits. One can receive wealth, prosperity in business and success in his lifetime.
- The sins which one performs during the last births or his present life can be vanished after performing this pooja. This pooja also helps in safety of bad spirits and the to remove obstacles. This pooja also helps one to build his self confidence. It helps one to relief from diseases. It helps one to fulfill his wishes and desires.
The date and time for performing the Navratri Puja is based on on lunar calendar. Hence the exact date for performing this puja is not fixed. Durga Puja begins on the sixth day of Devi Paksha. It marks the beginning of the autumn season. This puja falls on the lunar month of Ashwin. On the ninth day of Navratri Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped. It is considered as the longest Hindu festival which is celebrated for nine days. It begins with Pratipada and ends with Navami. The tenth day of Navratri is celebrated as Vijayadashami and the puja performed on this day is also very useful and brings prosperity.
It is celebrated four times throughout the year and that includes – Magh Navratri, Vasant or Chaitra Navratri, Ashaadi Navratri and Shardiya Navratri. Maha Navratri is observed during late September or early October. Vasant Navratri falls between March and April.
The process of performing this pooja is:
Step 1: The very first step is to take the clay pot which is used for placing the kalash for the purpose of sowing the grains. In that kalash one should place the mud and then spread the grains upon it. This would be the first layer. On the second layer again the mud and grains should be placed. After this the final layer of mud should be placed. At the end little water should be poured.
Step 2: After filling the kalash with mud and water one should tie the thread to the neck of the kalash. The kalash should be filled with holy water upto the neck of kalash. Into the kalash filled with water one should drop durva grass, akshat, supari, scent, and coins. The 5 leaves of the sacred ashoka trees should be kept at the edge.
Step 3: The last step is to take the coconut and cover it with a red cloth. Than the coconut should be wrapped with the red cloth along with a knot.
The materials required for the Navratri pooja are: picture or idol of goddess, two big lamps, agarbatti, matchbox, sari for offering to the goddess, pooja book containing all the aartis, ganga water, flowers, fresh and washed mango and tulsi leaves, fresh grass, sandalwood, puja conchshell, rice, banana, coconut, cloves, cardamom,supari, gulal, kumkum, kapoor, haldi, paan, gopichandran, gold coin, gold chain, decorated kalash, gandha powder, two pieces of new red cloth, extra kalash, trays, vessels, roli, moli, honey, curd, ghee, milk, ganga jal,saffron, sugar.Red flowers and red flower malas, 21 varieties of fruits and prasads. Sri mudra, vessels for tirtha, clay pot, barley seeds, raw rice, dhoop, bell, pooja plate, ashoka tree leaves, coins, chowki, chana, wheat flour, and ghee.
There are Navratri Puja kits available in the market and the cost of the puja varies depending upon the samagri. The cost of this puja ranges from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 9000 depending upon the materials and consultation from the expert.