Welcome Prosperity & Luck by celebrating Chaitra Navratri

Welcome Prosperity & Luck by celebrating Chaitra Navratri

The holy feminine Devi is honored during the Navratri puja, also known as Vasanta Navratri (Durga). Nine ways of Divine Durga are praised at the festival of Navratri. At the same time, devotees will pray for their families, their communities, and their countries, as well as mother Durga, and herself. Being the second most common Navratri is Chaitra Navratri, which is named after the Sanskrit word vasanta, which also means spring. It falls in the lunar month of Chaitra (March–April, post-winter). In some regions, the festival occurs after the spring season, while in others, it occurs after the harvest. According to the Vikram Samvat calendar, it also marks the first day of the Hindu calendar, making it the Hindu New Year.

Brahma began the development of the world in this period, according to the Brahma Purana. Matsyavatar and Ramavatar, two incarnations of Lord Vishnu, make up Chaitra Navratri. Chaiti Chhath, Lord Rama, and Hanumanji all worship the Suryopasana festival.

Navratri is a Hindu festival that lasts nine nights and is observed in autumn throughout the Indian subcontinent. There are four seasonal Navratris in theory. The post-monsoon autumn festival of Sharada or Shardiya Navratri, which is observed in honor of the Divine Feminine Devi, is the most widely observed (Durga). At Shardiya Navratri, Sandhi Puja Muhurta and Ghatasthapana Muhurta are the most commonly observed. Ghatasthapana and Sandhi Puja, which are practices and rituals practised during Shardiya Navratri, are also observed during Chaitra Navratri.


Significance of Chaitra Ghatasthapana:

One of the most important rituals connected with Navratri is Ghatasthapana, which signifies the start of the nine-day celebrations. Hindu scriptures provide clear rules and guidance in the early days of Navratri to carry out Ghatasthapana. It is considered auspicious to start Ghatasthapana with the commencement of Navratri. It should be done at the right time, for it is carried out to evoke Goddess Shakti. To prevent enrages from the goddess Shakti, Amavasya or evening can be forbidden. The other words used for Ghatasthapana are Kalash Sthapana or Kalashsthapana. According to the calendar, Chaitra Ghatasthapana will occur on 13th of April.

The Hindu New Year begins with Chaitra Navratri. It also heralds the start of the spring season. To obtain divine blessings, devotees worship the three embodiments of Goddess Shakti, namely Durga, Saraswati, and Lakshmi. Devotees claim that Goddess Durga destroyed the demon Mahishasura, according to legend. As a result, Goddess Durga, also known as Goddess Kali, is depicted as an emblem of Shakti, or supreme strength. Devi Durga is said to possess an immortal spiritual force that cannot be produced or killed.


Date and Timings:

Goddess Shakti appears as Goddess Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati during the Navratri festival. Navratri’s puja rituals are divided into three categories. Per collection honors a different Goddess. The Goddess of Energy Maa Durga is honored by doing Durga Puja during the first three days of Chaitra Navratri. The Goddess of Money, Devi Lakshmi, is worshipped for the next three days, and the Goddess of Knowledge, Devi Saraswati, is worshipped for the final three days.

Ghatasthapana Muhurat on 13th of April, 2021: 5:58 AM to 10:14 AM
Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat: 11:56 AM to 12:47 PM

Ghatasthapana Muhurat on Pratipada Tithi
Pratipada Tithi Starts: 12th of April, 2021, 8:00 AM
Pratipada Tithi Ends: 13th of April, 2021, 10:16 AM

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Muhurta:

When it comes to Muhurta, performing Ghatasthapana on the third day of the current Pratipada (i.e., for 24 minutes) can be the most auspicious or Shubh time. Due to some reason, if the time frame is not adhered to, the rite can be performed during the Abhijit Muhurta.

The Abhijit Muhurat is a 48-minute duration in the middle of the day that is auspicious. The Abhijit Muhurat is the eighth of 15 Muhurats that occur between sunrise and sunset. The time period between sunrise and sunset is divided into 15 equal parts, with Abhijit Muhurat being the middle of the fifteen parts. The muhurta is considered strong enough to destroy innumerable Doshas and it is considered the best Muhurat to start or inaugurate fortunate activities. About the benefits of the Chitra Nakshatra and Vaidhriti Yoga, performing Ghatasthapana is not considered auspicious. Additionally, in the current Pratipada, the afternoon is considered the appropriate time to perform this rite.

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Ghatastapana Puja Items And Kalash Preparation :

Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi involves the installation of the Kalash and the nine-day invocation of Goddess Shakti. Ghatasthapana should be done according to the proper directions and Puja Muhurat. The Ghatasthapane Ritual needs mainly an earthen tube with a wide mouth to sift Sapta-dhanya (seven grains), clean soil, seven different grains, a small cubicle full of Ganga-Jal, a Moli or a holy thread, scent or perfume, some betels, coins, mango or Ashoka, a lid to cover Akshat or broken pieces of rice, a red cloth, marigola or marigold.

Before summoning the Goddess, a Kalash is made by placing clean soil at the bottom of an earthen cup. After that, the grains are pressed onto the dirt. The method is repeated until the final layer of soil does not exceed the clay pot’s brim. After adding some amount of water to a brass vessel, some betel nuts, scent, Durva grass, rice grains, and coins are immersed in the water-filled vessel. Five to six mango leaves are placed at the mouth of the brass vessel to cover it. A red clot is wrapped around an unpeeled coconut by a holy thread. It is then placed on the top of the Kalash. Finally, the brass jar, known as the Kalash, is put above the earthen pot and the Puja rituals will commence.


Brahma Muhurta:

When conducting Ghatasthapana, Choghadiya (Muhurat) is a crucial consideration to remember. Although the scriptures do not place much emphasis on it, it is best to avoid the Choghadiya Muhurat during Ghatasthapana.

Performing Ghatastapana may be auspicious if the Dwi-Swabhav Lagna Kanya prevails at dawn during Shardiya Navratri. Ghathastapnan can not be done in the afternoon, at night, or after sixteen ghatis have passed before sunrise.

We, here at Ganeshaspeaks, Hope Lord Ganesha Showers Abundant Blessings On You During This Auspicious Period, and may it bring you good fortune and success! Happy Chaitra Navratri to you all!