Navratri Pooja

Navratri is a nine-day festival celebrated with high fervor twice a year. The first is called Chaitra Navratri and falls during March–April. The second is the main Navratri which is observed in the month of Ashvin (September–October). Mother Shakti is the presiding deity of the festival and is worshipped with immense fervor and devotion in three divine forms — Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Significance of Navratri Pooja

Pooja is the divine act of worshipping your favorite deity and offering your love and gratitude to the Almighty. Navratri Puja gains its significance with a variety of rituals and customs in different parts of the country. It is a very powerful method to establish a connection of your inner self with the Goddess spiritually and attain inner peace and divine wisdom. All the Pooja rituals when performed with high reverence, please the Goddess Trinity and blesses you and your family with pure heart and destroys all the evil forces.

Navratri Pooja

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Navratri is celebrated in a simple yet colorful manner at home. The first three days are dedicated to Mother Durga, the next three days for Devi Lakshmi and the final three days for Goddess Saraswati. All the Pooja rituals are followed step by step and Prasad is distributed to everyone after Pooja.

Pooja Rituals

Mother Durga’s photo or idol is placed in the clean puja area and decorated with garland. Fruits and Prasad are made as offerings to her(special food item prepared). “Kalashstapana” or Kalash (metal pot) filled with holy water, coins, and betel nuts is placed in front of the Goddess. The pot is decorated with mango leaves with a coconut covered in red cloth placed atop. A ghee lamp lit in front of the Goddess is continually refilled with ghee to stay lit throughout the Pooja. During the nine-day period, an earthen pot filled with sand is sowed with barley seeds. The little shoots that rise on the tenth day are given to the devotees.

Incense sticks are lit, and Aarti or light offering is shown to the idol. Some people read Durga Saptashati or Durga Kavach to conclude the Pooja.

Navratri Traditions across India

In Delhi, Ramlila is organized as drama and play in open grounds, which ends on Dussehra (Tenth Day). In Mysore, Goddess Chamundeeswari is worshipped during Navratri, and her victory over demon Mahishasura is celebrated fervidly.

In Western states such as Gujarat and Rajasthan, traditional dances such as Gharba and Dandiya Raas are publicly organized and enjoyed with passion. In Southern India, doll exhibitions with colorful decorations (Bommai Kolu) are arranged at houses. The guests are welcomed with traditional food items and bhajans (devotional songs) are sung, which ends with distributing gift items to the devotees.