Navratri 2023 Date: शारदीय नवरात्रि 2023 कब है? महत्व और घट स्थापना का शुभ मुहूर्त
According to the Hindu calendar, Sharadiya Navratri starts from the Pratipada date of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month every year. Durga Ashtami Vrat on Ashtami Tithi, Kanya Pujan, Mahanavami on (Navratri 2023 Date: शारदीय नवरात्रि 2023 कब है? महत्व और घट स्थापना का शुभ मुहूर्त) Navami Tithi and Dussehra or Vijayadashami on Dashami Tithi are celebrated with joy in Nepal and India. This year Navratri is starting from 15th October 2023. On the day of Pratipada, the worship of various forms of Maa Durga begins with the installation of Ghatasthapana or Kalash.
When is Sharadiya Navratri 2023 starting?
This year Maa Durga will arrive from 15 October 2023. According to the Hindu Panchang, Sharadiya Navratri will start from the Pratipada Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month i.e. 15th October, which is ending on 24th October 2023 i.e. Dussehra ie Vijay Dashami will be celebrated on October 24. Navratri has a special significance in Hinduism. The festival of Navratri is celebrated with great fanfare across the country.
Ghatasthapana installation auspicious time 2023:
- Kalash installation starts at 11:44 a.m. (15 October 2023)
- Kalash installation will be completed at the auspicious time – 12:30 PM (October 15, 2023)
- Sharadiya Navratri 2023 Start Date- 15 October 2023.
Ghatasthapana importance in Navratri?
Ghatasthapana (installation of Kalash) is of special importance on Teej, festivals of Hinduism. According to religious beliefs, Kalash is believed to be the abode of gods and goddesses, planets and constellations. Kalash is considered as a symbol of happiness and prosperity and auspicious work. Ghat means activating the powers in the Kalash by invoking them. In Navratri, all the powers are invoked by setting up the Kalash. This destroys the negative energy present in the house.
Why are barley sown in Ghatasthapana?
According to religious beliefs, barley is considered to be the symbol of Lord Brahma and Goddess Annapurna, it is said that barley is the first crop of creation. At the time of Ghatasthapana, barley i.e. millets are sown and then they are worshiped first. Barley (grain) is considered to be the form of Brahma, so it should be respected first.
Sharadiya Navratri Ghatasthapana material:
- A wide-mouthed earthen vessel for sowing barley
- Saptadhanya (7 types of grains)
- Clean clay, earthen or copper urns with lids
- Kalava, coconut, red flower, vermilion,
- Ganges water, mango or ashoka leaves, perfumes, coins
- Unripe, red cloth, betel nut, cloves
- Cardamom, Pan, Durva, Sweets, Incense, Agarbatti
Ghatastapana Puja method:
- On the first day of Navratri, do Ghatastapana only in auspicious time. Take special care of time.
- Put a layer of clean farm soil in an earthen vessel and sow seven types of grains in it.
- Now take the vow of fasting and place a red cloth on the pooja post in the east corner and install the photo of Goddess Durga.
- After this, put Gangajal, Durva, Akshat, coins, betel nuts in a copper or clay urn.
- Tie mooli on the urn and add 5 leaves of mango or ashoka in it.
- Now put a coconut tied with red string on top of the kalash. Coconut is considered to be the symbol of Ganesha, as well as Tridev resides in it. Make a swastika with rolls on the kalash
- Now install the barley pot and kalash in front of Maa Durga’s photo.
Important things related to Navratri
On the first day of Navratri, Shailputri, the first form of Maa Durga, is worshiped after the installation of the Kalash. On this day, most people observe the first fast of Navratri. Those who are not able to fast for 9 days of Navratri, they fast on the first day and Durga Ashtami. It is called Chhadti-Utarti Vrat of Navratri.
On the day of Mahashtami, Kanya is worshiped and Havan is performed on Mahanavami or Dashami. However, in many places, Havan is performed only on the day of Durga Ashtami. Although the Ja people fast for 9 days, they perform Havan on Navami or Dashami and perform Parana on the day of Dussehra.