Navratri 2024 Ghatasthapana: Date Check, Puja Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, Samagri and Rituals for Day 1 of Chaitra Navratri

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Chaitra Navratri, which will begin next week, will begin on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 and will end on April 17. The Navratri initiation, known as Ghatasthapana or Kalash installation, takes place on the first day, Pratipada Tithi. The festival lasts for nine days and is known as Chaitra Navratri, in which the nine avatars of Maa Durga are enthusiastically worshiped across the country. Devotees, showing utmost devotion, gather to celebrate this occasion.

The nine forms of Maa Durga that are honored every day are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. During the festival, individuals observe fasts and present offerings, or 'bhog', to the goddess.

Navratri Ghatasthapana 2024: Shubh Muhurat

According to Drik Panchang, these are the puja dates and times that you should know about Ghatasthapana, before observing the rituals:

Ghatasthapana Muhurat: Tuesday, April 9, 6:02 a.m. to 10:16 a.m.

Ghatasthapana Abhijeet Muhurat: April 9, 11:57 a.m. to 12:48 p.m.

The Pratipada Tithi begins on April 8 at 11:50 p.m. and ends on April 9 at 8:30 p.m. Similarly, Vaidhriti Yog begins on April 8 at 6:14 pm and concludes on April 9 at 2:18 pm.

Navratri Ghatasthapana 2024: Navratri Kalash Sthapana samagri

Essential elements for the ceremony include:

– A wide-mouth clay pot for sowing barley.

– Five Pallavas – Ashoka leaves, mango leaves, peepal leaves, gular leaves, banyan leaves.

– Betel nut, mouli (sacred thread), perfume, flower garland and red flowers.

– Urn clean of dirt, clay or copper, and a lid to cover it.

– A chowki (small stool), red cloth, Gangajal and sandalwood.

– Coco Jata Vala, Akshat, Durva, Dhoop and Sikka (currency)

– Saptadhanya (7 types of cereals) – Barley, Moong (green gram), rice, sesame and Kangni (foxtail millet)

– Leaves, cardamom, cloves and incense.

Navratri 2024 Ghatasthapana: Kalash Sthapana Puja Vidhi

Here is a step by step guide for the rituals of the first day of Navratri:

1. Start your day by getting up early and taking a shower.

2. Put on clean clothes and bring a new kalash (urn) to the puja room.

3. Tie a sacred red thread (kalava) around the neck of the clay pot.

4. Fill the Kalash with soil (mitti) and grains (millet).

5. Pour Ganga jal (holy water) into the Kalash and offer betel nut, sandalwood, akshat, durva grass and coins.

6. Place an unpeeled coconut on the top/mouth of the Kalash.

7. Offer flowers, mango leaves, incense and a diya to the Kalash.

8. Recite the Devi mantra.

9. Perform acts of charity and make donations as a daily ritual.

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