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Navratri Puja Vidhi at Home

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shubhpuja.comThe Goddess of Shakti- Ma Durga is worshipped during the sacred nine days for receiving pious blessings. The devotees seek for love, peace, happiness, kindness and all the natural qualities of the soul, which are hidden under the glitters of material world. Goddess Durga bestows her devotees with the strength to revive back the original traits and protect them against the negativity.

To perform the puja adhering to the customs, it is important to follow a proper procedure.

Kalash Sthapana/ Ghata sthapana:

  • Put the layer of clean soil in an earthen pot and then sow barley seeds into it. Sprinkle water on it and repeat the process for a second layer. Sprinkle more water to set the soil.
  • Take a kalash made of copper or earthen and fill it with Gangajal. Put scent, flowers and coins in it. Tie mauli or red scared thread on the neck of the kalash. Place mango leaves on the mouth of the kalash and cover it with a lid. Put rice over the lid and a dry coconut wrapped in a red cloth.
  • Put the prepared kalash on the earthen pot of barley and this completes the ghata sthapana. This kalash should not be touched during the nine days.
  • One diya is lit close to this Kalash which is supposed to burn endlessly for nine days. This is known as Akhand Jyoti.

Panchopachara Puja:

  • As the name suggests, the puja is performed with five things- Scent, Flower, Dhoop, Deepak and Naivedya. Offer the five puja samagri to the deity with complete faith and humility.

Chowki Sthapana :

  • The idol of Now Goddess Durga is installed, by spreading the red cloth on chowki and tying Mauli around it. Now place idol or picture of Goddess Durga on the chowki.

 

Invoke Goddess Durga and request the goddess to accept your prayers and to oblige you by residing into the Kalash for nine days. The prayers must be offered whole heartedly and the devotees must pray all the nine days and read Durga Saptashati.

 

Power of the sanctified thread: significance of wearing a Mauli or Kalava

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The customary tradition of tying a Mauli on the wrist during any religious ceremony has usually been witnessed by us. In the beginning or at the end of the ceremony, pandits tie a mauli on the right hand of males and on the left hand of females. The ceremonies are considered incomplete without the mauli and it holds various religious and scientific significances.

Relevance of the thread (Mauli):

  • The auspicious blessings of Tridev- Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and Tridevi- Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga; are bestowed upon the devotee by tying mauli.
  • Mauli acts as a protecting shield against the evil energies and worldly problems.
  • To receive the grace of the Gods which are worshipped during the puja or havan.
  • The thread signifies the unconditional promise of serving and surrendering ourselves in the feet of God Almighty.
  • The pious thread provides the strength to fight against diseases, enemies and other dangers.
  • It is believed that Lord Vishnu during his incarnation of Vamana tied a red thread on the hands of King Bali to grant him immortality.
  • As per Ayurveda, our entire body is processed through veins so when we wear a mauli, it helps in creating a balanced blood circulation and proper body functioning.
  • The mauli on the wrist helps in controlling the blood pressure.
  • It is beneficial in controlling the Vaat (Wind), Pitt (Bile) and Cough (Phlegm) s, when they are in a disordered state.
  • It also acts as a commitment of love and care, when tied by a sister on her brother’s wrist.

 

||Yen baddho bali raja danvedro mahabalah

Ten tvamanubadhnaami rakshe maachala maachala||

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja