SHARDIYA NAVRATRI 2022: Navratri is one of the most important festivals in Hindu religion. Celebrated with great pomp in North India and West Bengal, where it is also called Durga Puja, the festival lasts for nine nights. During the auspicious festival, the nine forms of goddess Durga are worshiped with great pomp.
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According to Hindu mythology, goddess Durga defeated the mighty demon Mahishasura during the Sharadiya Navratri. However, different religious texts differ in their mention of the form of the goddess Durga who murdered Mahishasura.
One of the most important and auspicious rituals of Navratri is Ghatasthapana. It marks the beginning of the 9-day festival. There are defined rules and guidelines to perform Ghatasthapana. It can only be performed during a certain period of time at the beginning of Navratri. During the ceremony, goddess Shakti is invoked, and folklore suggests that performing Ghatasthapana at the wrong time can invoke the goddess’ wrath.
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The auspicious ceremony is prohibited during Amavasya and at night. This year, in 2022, Ghatasthapana, also known as Kalash Sthapana or Kalashsthapana, falls on Monday, September 26.
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The Ghatasthapana Muhurat lasts from 6:11 am to 7:51 am – a total duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.
The Pratipada Tithi will fall on the same day. The times are on September 27 from 03:23 AM to 03:08 AM.
While some suggest taking Choghadiya Muhurta to do Ghatasthapana, the Vedic scriptures advise against this according to Drik Panchang. The publication also mentioned a suitable lagna for the auspicious ceremony.
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For Ghatasthapana, the Dvi-Svabhava Lagna Kanya prevails during sunrise and if suitable, people are recommended to take it before Ghatasthapana Muhurta.
Forbidden times to perform this ceremony also include noon, night or any time after “sixteen ghatis” after sunrise, as stated by Drik Panchang.
A few items needed as puja samagri (items for the ceremony) are:
- A wide and open clay pot to sow sapta dhanya
- Clean soil for sowing, Sapta Dhanya or seeds of seven different grains
- Small clay or brass jug
- Ganga Jalic
- Holy thread.
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