Chaitra Navratri 2024: Date, Shubh Muhurat, Puja Rituals and Things to Avoid

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The Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day festival celebrated from the first day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra to the ninth day, is a time of fasting and worship. This important celebration, which begins on April 9 and concludes on April 17, marks the beginning of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar. Devotees devoutly worship Goddess Durga and her nine divine avatars: Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri.

On Chaitra Navratri, the auspicious period for Kalash Ghatasthpana will last for approximately four hours in the morning, starting on the night of April 8 at 11:50 pm

Chaitra Navratri 2024: Shubh Muhurat

According to Drik Panchang, the shubh muhurat for Ghatasthapana and other auspicious rituals are as follows:

Pratipada Tithi starts on April 8 at 11:50 pm.

Pratipada Tithi ends on April 9 at 8:30 pm

Vaidhrti Yog starts on April 8 at 6:14 pm

Vaidhrti Yog ends on April 9 at 2:18 pm

Ghatasthapana Muhurat: 6:02 am to 10:16 am on April 9

Ghatasthapana Abhijeet Muhurat: 11:57 am to 12:48 pm on April 9

Rituals to perform Puja during Navratri

– Bathe in the morning during the auspicious timing of Ghatasthapana which is from 6:02 am to 10:15 am

– If you cannot set the Kalash during this time, you can also do it during the auspicious time of Abhijit, from 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

– Meditate on Lord Ganesh in the house temple before tying Mauli to the copper pot in the shape of a swastika.

– Fill the pot with water mixed with a few drops of Ganges water and add a coin, incense, betel nut, perfume and rice. Finally, light the diya/deepak (holy flame) of Maa Durga.

– Next to the Kalash establishment, place soil in a clay pot and sow barley seeds in it.

– Those who fast during Navratri should continue with their usual diet.

Avoid debt during Navratri

Famous astrologer Praduman Suri advises against purchasing new items on loan during Navratri. Purchasing owed items, whether new clothes, electronics, or other goods, can invite negative energy into your life. Suri suggests that acquiring items through loans, whether from a bank or an acquaintance, can lead to a burdened mind and heart, compromising the positive energy within the home. Therefore, it is important to refrain from taking loans during Navratri to maintain positivity.