New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. Nine forms of the goddess are worshipped during the nine-day-long festival. On Day 7, the seventh form of Goddess Durga 'Kalaratri' is worshipped. The goddess is believed to be the destroyer evil spirits, ghosts, demons and negative energies. Also known as Shubankari, Kalaratri is depicted as someone with four arms and born to kill Asuras. She is worshipped to increase courage and become fearless.
As we all are unable to gather at popular temples to worship the goddess amid nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, devotees can still watch live aarti from home. Some of the websites which provides live stream are: mhone.in, akshineswarkalitemple.org, mansadevi.org.in, maavaishnodevi.org. Besides this, several live stream are also available on YouTube.
The live aarti is expected to be broadcasted from these famous temples dedicated to Goddess Durga:
Durga Temple, Varanasi
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
Chamunda Devi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Kamakhya Temple, Assam
Naina Devi Mandir
Jwala Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh
Mansa Devi in Uttarkhand
Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
Amba Mata Temple, Gujarat
Patan Devi Temple in Uttar Pradesh
Dakshineswar Kali Mandir, Kolkata
Chamundeshwari Temple, Karnataka
Banashankari Temple, Karnataka
Kanaka Durga, Andhra Pradesh
Shree Durga Parameshwari Temple, Kateel, Karnataka
The auspicious timing for aarti on the seventh day of Navratri is between 3 am to 6.49 am on April 1.
Goddess Kalartri has a dark completion and rides on a donkey. She has four arms and holds a skewer and iron fork in left and right hands. The other two hands are in Varada and Abhaya Mudra respectively. The goddess wears a garland around her neck. Goddess Durga took the form of Goddess Kalartari to kill Asuras-- evil.
Take bath early in the morning and wear a washed cloth
Place God Kalratri in the puja room.
Offer incense sticks, flower, jaggery to the goddess.
Take a kalash and put some akshat in it, cover it with mango leaves and coconut.
Light a lamp in the puja room
Chant specific mantras dedicated to Goddess Kalartari:
Vama padolla sallohalata kaṇṭaka bhuṣaṇa |
Vardhana murdha dhvaja kr̥ṣṇa kalaratri bharyaṅkari ||
prakrtistvamca sarvasya guṇatraya vibhavini
Once you complete puja and aarti, share prasad with everyone.
Posted By: James Kuanal