New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The auspicious festival of Sharad Navratri started from today (October 17) and will continue till October 25, a day before Dussehra is celebrated. The nine-day long festival of Navratri is celebrated every year to honour the Goddess Durga. Devotees worship nine forms or avatars of Goddess Durga, during the nine days of the Sharad Navratri 2020. 

The festival of Sharad Navratri, which is one of the four Navratris celebrated every year, falls in the lunar month of Ashvin as per the Hindu calendars. Devotees observe fast on each day of Navratri festival. So as Sharad Navratri stars from today, here some important dates, auspicious timings, pooja vidhi, Kalash sthapana and how to worship Maa Shailputri on the first day

Important dates:

Navratri Puja will start from October 17 and will conclude on the day nine i.e, October 25
October 17 – Pratipada, Ghatasthapana, Shailputri Puja
October 18 – Dwitiya, Chandra Darshana, Brahmacharini Puja
October 19 – Tritiya, Sindoor Tritiya, Chandraghanta Puja
October 20 – Chaturthi, Kushmanda Puja, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Upang Lalita Vrat
October 21 – Panchami, Skandamata Puja, Saraswati Avahan
October 22 – Shashthi, Katyayani Puja, Saraswati Puja
October 23 – Saptami, Kalaratri Puja
October 24 – Ashtami, Durga Ashtami, Mahagauri Puja, Sandhi Puja, Maha Navami
October 25 – Navami, Ayudha Puja, Navami Homa, Navratri Parana, Vijayadashami
October 26 – Dashami, Durga Visarjan

Kalash Sthapna:

The Pratipada day of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month on October 17 is the auspicious time for Kalash Sthapna. The most auspicious time for Kalash Sthapna is from 06:27 in the morning to 10:13 in the morning. Abhijit Muhurat for the establishment of Kalash will be from 11:44 in the morning to 12:29.

Puja Samagri:

Red chunari or red cloth, accessories, lamps, ghee/oil, matchboxes, chowki, coconut, urn, rice, kumkum, flowers, incense and incense sticks, flower necklace, idol or photo of the goddess, Paan, betel nut, red flag, clove-cardamom, batashe, camphor, fruit-sweet, kalava and dry fruits.

Puja and Kalash Sthapna Vidhi

Take a utensil and put soil in that vessel. Then put barley seeds in the soil. Now sprinkle some water in it. Make a swastika on the vessel. Then tie Molly or Kalawa. After this, fill the utensil with Gangajal or pure water. Add whole betel nuts, flowers and durva. Also put perfume, pancharatna and coin.

Posted By: Srishti Goel