Navratri rituals are considered to be very auspicious as they bring in the most powerful blessings of Goddess Durga. This festival of Navratri is usually followed by people in Northern India. It is a very sacred observation of 9 days where the 9 forms of the Goddess – NavaDurga are worshiped. In this busy schedule, you can perform all the basic requirements of Puja vidhi for Navratri by yourself at your home. The step by step procedure and an elaborate list of the Puja samagri are given below.
Puja Samagri For Navratri
- Picture or Idol of Goddess Durga
- Durga Sapthashati book
- A red dupatta or sari
- Water in Kalash, Mango leaves, and coconut
- Fresh grass and flowers
- Roli, red sacred powder for tilak
- Cloves, cardamom, sindoor, abhir, gulal
- betel nuts
- dhoop, diya, kapoor and matchsticks
- fresh fruits and sweets
- Jhuwara – On the first day of Navratri, take a large earthen pot with a wide mouth, put some sand in it and plant either jaun or wheat kernels which have been soaked the previous night. Every day a little water is sprinkled over them and they are put in sunlight for a short time for germination.
Step by Step Puja Vidhi for Navratri
Place the Durga idol in a chowki and near it keep the clay pot with sown barley. Consider doing Ghata sthapana during the Muhurat.
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Establish the Kalash
Pour water in a Kalash and then put flowers, coins and five mango leaves in it. Close it with the lid and put raw rice on top of it and then place a raw coconut wrapped in red cloth. The Ghata Sthapana is done now.
Worship the Goddess Durga
First lit a diya in front of the idols. Do worship of Kalash or Ghat with Panchopchar. Panchopchar means worship of the deity with five things, i.e. Scent, Flower, Dhoop, Deepak, and Naivedya. Offer these five things to deities present in Ghat.
You need to install and invoke Goddess Durga. For this, spread the red cloth on chowki. Tie Moli around it. Now place idol or picture of Goddess Durga on the chowki.
Chant the necessary prayers and invoke Goddess Durga to come and enlighten your home. People pray the Goddess to establish her for 9 days at their homes. Rituals are done in the usual puja procedure like offering flowers, chandan, sindoor, bhog, diya and much more. Panchopchar is also a part of it where you need to offer five things to the Goddess.
Aarti Of Durga Mata
Take Puja ki Thali and bell in hand. Sing the Durga aarti with jingle the bell. After you complete aarti, give aarti first to Goddess Durga, Ghat (Kalash) and deities present in Ghat. At evening (sandhya) repeat the aarti. This is done for all the 9 days. Many people keep fast for all the 9 days and some for the first and last day.
Inviting 9 Goddesses for offerings
On ninth day of Navratri, people prepare delicious food for 9 girls of age between 5-12, who are invited as Goddesses. This ritual is known as Kanya puja. After the lunch, they are offered gifts as well.