What Is Navaratri? How to Perform Pooja?


Navaratri is a Religious festival, observed and celebrated by Hindus as a Social Event as well.

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Goddess Durga, Navaratri

‘Nava’ In Sanskrit means Nine,Ratri is Night.

Navaratri means nine nights.

The origin and the legend are detailed in Wikipedia.

The scope of this blog is limited to the period of observance, the poojas to be performed and the meaning of he Poojas.

Navaratri-

‘The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar.

Navaratri represents celebration of Goddess Durga, the manifestation of Deity in form of Shakti [Energy or Power]. The Navaratri festival or ‘Nine Nights festival’ becomes ‘ten days festival’ with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshipped with fervor and devotion.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri

Navaratri is calculated on the basis of the Lunar calendar of The Hindus,

For details of the lunar Calendar please refer my blog Mahalaya Paksha.

Pooja is normally conducted in the evening.

First Three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The slokas recommended are.

Sri Durga Suktham.

Sri Lalitha Sahasra Nama.

Lalitha Trisathi

Syamala Dandakam.

Naivedyam.Payasa, preferably Milk.

Next Three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.

Slokas.

Sri Lakshmi Sahasra Nama.

Sri Lakshmi Astothram.

Naivedyam.

Sarkarai Pongal.

Last Three Days.

Goddess Saraswati.

Sloka.

Saraswati Dwadasa Nama.

Naivedyam.Sarkarai Pongal.

In some families the tradition ‘Kolu’ or arranging toys representing the Puranic incidents (and modern Living )are also displayed.

This practice is not really religious,but more of a social one.

Those who do not do it regularly avoid it  to start for sentimental reasons.

There is nothing wrong in starting anew.

Women are called to Homes and are offered Kum Kum and Thaamboolam and if possible, Blouse pieces( Black color is avoided).

Traditional dishes like sundal are offered to visitors.

On all these days , Coconut,fruits , betel leaf and nut  are to be offered as Naivedyam.

I will be blogging details of Sarawathi Pooja ans Vijaya Dasami  one day earlier to the functions.

Valor ,Wealth and Knowledge are the three attributed one needs to succeed in Life.

These three aspects are reflected in the personification of these three Deities.

While Durga stands for Valor, Lakshmi is for wealth(not merely economic prosperity, but all round happiness ans contentment), and Sarasvati for Knowledge and enlightenment.

In all these Poojas these deities are invoked and their Blessings are sought.

For Slokas, Link:

http://www.filestube.com/s/sanskrit+slokas+mp3+free+download

Navratri Day 1

1
21st
September 2017
(Thursday)

Pratipada

Ghatasthapana
Chandra Darshan
Shailputri Puja

Panchang for Ghatasthapana Day

Colour of the day

Yellow

 

Navratri Day 2

2
22nd
September 2017
(Friday)

Dwitiya

Brahmacharini Puja

Panchang for Brahmacharini Puja Day

Navratri color of the day –

Green

 

Navratri Day 3

3
23rd
September 2017
(Saturday)

Tritiya

Sindoor Tritiya
Chandraghanta Puja
Varad Vinayaka Chauth

Panchang for Sindoor Tritiya Day

Navratri color of the day –

Grey

 

Navratri Day 4

4
24th
September 2017
(Sunday)

Chaturthi

Kushmanda Puja
Upang Lalita Vrat

Panchang for Kushmanda Puja Day

Navratri color of the day –

Orange

 

Navratri Day 5

5
25th
September 2017
(Monday)

Panchami

Skandamata Puja

Panchang for Skandamata Puja Day

Navratri color of the day –

White

 

Navratri Day 6

6
26th
September 2017
(Tuesday)

Shashthi

Katyayani Puja

Panchang for Katyayani Puja Day

Navratri color of the day –

Red

 

Navratri Day 7

7
27th
September 2017
(Wednesday)

Saptami

Saraswati Awahan
Kalaratri Puja

Panchang for Saraswati Awahan Day

Navratri color of the day –

Royal Blue

 

Navratri Day 8

8
28th
September 2017
(Thursday)

Ashtami

Saraswati Puja
Durga Ashtami
Mahagauri Puja
Sandhi Puja

Panchang for Saraswati Puja Day

Navratri color of the day –

Pink

 

Navratri Day 9

9
29th
September 2017
(Friday)

Navami

Maha Navami
Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa

Panchang for Maha Navami Day

Navratri color of the day –

Purple

 

Navratri Day 10

10
30th
September 2017
(Saturday)

Dashami

Navratri Parana
Durga Visarjan, Vijayadashami
Panchang for Navratri Parana Day


The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami.

Source.

You may visit the site for Pooja timings/Panchanga.

 

The Art of Living at the following Link.
Live Telecast of Navaratri at Sankara TV
Live streaming at Washington.

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/navarathri-golu-essential-details/

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/mahalaya-amavasyatharpana-explained/

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