In Hindu families, the most important puja is Navratri, which is celebrated with great religious fervour and enthusiasm. Navratri, which translates to “Nine Nights,” has two versions: Sharada Navratri, which occurs in September and October, and Chaitra Navratri, which occurs in March and April. Sharada Navratri puja will be held this year between October 7 to 15, 2021. We’ve provided a step-by-step guide on how to do navratri puja at home.
Who is goddess Durga?
Maa Durga is a divine entity who is represented as the strongest strength or shakti in the fight against bad energy and evil forces. She shields and guards her believers against destructive powers. Maa Durga is a Hindu deity who has unfathomable power. Shiva’s consort, the goddess Parvati, takes on a more ferocious, demon-fighting persona. Maa is courageous and persistent, and she never loses her sense of humor, even in the midst of huge religious battles.
Maa Durga bestows wealth and courage upon her worshippers. She is the epitome of divine shakti, which is employed to combat the forces of darkness and immorality. She defends and protects her devotees from harmful forces. Durga Maa is thought to be the united figure of Goddesses Lakshmi, Kali, and Saraswati’s energies.
Let’s read Navratri poojan vidhi and do our pooja appropriately.
How to do Navratri puja at home – A complete step by step guide
Navratri puja samagri
- Maa Durga’s idol or an image of Maa Durga,
soil, barley seeds, and water in a clay pot, betel nuts, coconut, and a new crimson cloth.
- Five leaves on a mango stalk.
- Flowers, coins, incense sticks, camphor, and diyas (candles) are some of the items used.
- Ghee, raw rice, puja thali, and kumkum.
- Prashad consists of fruits and sweets such as Sandesh or coconut ladoos.
Goddess Durga is also thought to have been created by Lord Vishnu as a warrior goddess to protect good people from the beast Mahishasur. In the form of armament and arms, her spiritual shakti holds the combined powers of all the deities.
Durga Maa demonstrates the supreme being’s power to maintain moral order and righteousness throughout the universe. Durga is a Sanskrit word that refers to a fort or a protected location that is difficult to reach. Durga, also known as Divine Shakti, protects humanity from bad energies (negative energy and vices such as hubris, envy, prejudice, wrath, anger, greed, and selfishness) by overcoming them.
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Navratri pooja vidhi
- Place Maa Durga’s image or idol on a high stool or chowki.
- Place the other puja materials around the altar created for goddess Durga and decorate it with flowers.
- Place the soil, barley seeds, betel nuts, coin, and mango leaves in front of the goddess in a clay container.
- Sow the barley seeds and sprinkle water daily.
- Cover the mango leaves with the crimson cloth and place the coconut on top.
- On a metal plate, arrange the fruits and sweets, and put a glass of water nearby.
- Incense sticks and diyas should be lit.
- In front of goddess Durga, you can draw alpana (rangoli) patterns and decorate them as you like.
- Chant Durga mantras and offer sincere prayers.
- Complete the puja by performing aarti with camphor.
Navratri 9 days puja vidhi
Light the incense sticks and the lamp. Offer flowers to Maa Durga and use vermilion, Chandan, and turmeric paste to embellish the portrait or statue. Sprinkle some water on the barley seeds you’ve sowed every day during the puja. Offer some unique foods that you cooked especially for the puja. Make an arati for Maa Durga. Distribute the Prasad to the guests and family members. Over the course of the nine days of Navratri, perform this puja every day.
During Navratri, continue the daily puja in the same manner as before for the entire nine days. On the eighth day of the Navratri puja, invite nine small girls to your home. They are regarded to be Durga’s nine forms. Treat them to a special supper and some small gifts that they will enjoy.
On the tenth day after the nine days of Navratri puja, Visarjan, or giving Ma Durga a sendoff, is performed. Carry on with the customary puja as you did during the Navratri nine days. Sprinkle the Kalash water throughout the home after the puja. Over the course of ten days, the barley seeds would have flourished. Place them in the garden under a tree and let them flourish. It symbolizes wealth and prosperity.
Benefit of Navratri pooja
- This puja can assist you in overcoming financial difficulties and poverty.
- Kanya Pujan (small girl worshipping) will assist you in gaining wisdom and success in life.
- Get rid of any negative emotions and fears. With the help of this puja, one can receive Devi Shakti’s divine grace. You will gain wealth and prosperity in your professional life if you perform this pooja.
- This puja will clear the way for you to achieve your goals. The Navratri pooja will also help you gain confidence.
Maa is usually seen riding a lion or a tiger. A tiger represents unrestricted power. Durga riding a tiger represents her boundless power, which she utilizes to safeguard virtue and combat evil. The lion represents uncontrollable animalistic tendencies (such as wrath, arrogance, selfishness, greed, jealously, desire to harm others, and so on), and her sitting on it instructs us to keep these traits under control so that we are not hampered by them.
Adoring Maa will not only increase our belief and faith in ourselves but also help us to move ahead in the path of devotion and success without fear.
May Maa Durga bless everyone with immense power and success.
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