Navratri Puja is a nine day festival during which devotees worship Goddess Durga. This festival is considered to be very important festival of hindus and is celebrated all over India. These nine glorious days show 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. One performs 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, the devotees immerse the idol of Maa Durga on the tenth day. The navratri puja is also named as the Chaitra Navratri. It comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Nava’ meaning Nine and ‘ratri’ which means night.
During these days, devotees worship the nine forms of Shakti. 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 worshiping different forms of the Goddess.
Who should perform Navratri Puja?
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 perform this puja. 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. During the first three days, devotees worship Goddess Durga. Then, they worship the Goddess of wealth i.e. Goddess Laxmi for the next three days. Lastly, they worship Goddess Saraswati during last three days which definitely brings success in life.
Benefits of doing Navratri Puja
There are many benefits of performing this pooja. One receives the divine blessings of Maa Durga after performing the Durga puja. Worshipping the Goddess during the auspicious time period can bring a lot of benefits. One can receive wealth, prosperity in business and success in life.
One becomes free from the sins performed during the previous births or the present life 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.
When should I perform Navratri Puja?
The date and time for performing the Navratri Puja is based on on lunar calendar. Hence, there is no exact date for performing this puja. 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.
Devotees worship Goddess Siddhidatri on the ninth day of Navratri. It is considered as the longest Hindu festival which is celebrated for nine days. It begins with Pratipada and ends with Navami. People celebrate the tenth day of Navratri 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.
How to perform Navratri Puja?
The process of performing this pooja is:
Step 1: Take the clay pot 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 place the mud and grains. After this, place the final layer of mud. In the end, pour some water.
Step 2: After filling the kalash with mud and water one should tie the thread to the neck of the kalash. Then, Fill the kalash with holy water upto the neck. Into the kalash filled with water, drop durva grass, akshat, supari, scent, and coins. Keep the 5 leaves of the sacred ashoka trees at the edge.
Step 3: The last step is to take the coconut and cover it with a red cloth. Then, wrap the coconut with the red cloth along with a knot.
Requirements for Navratri Puja
The requirements 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.
Other requirements are:
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.
Cost of performing Navratri Puja
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.