Navratri 2020 (Summer Season)
What is Navratri
Navratri is the auspicious period mostly celebrated twice in a year (another two types are not widely celebrated which fall during the month of Magh or February- March and Ashadh or June-July and are termed as Gupt Navaratri) during which maa Durga is worshipped by the followers of Hindu religion. When this period falls in summers in the month of Chaitra or March-April it is called Chaitra Navratri and when it falls during winters in September-October it is termed as Shardiya Navratri. As per hindu calander this period starts immediately after pitra Shradh from pratipada (1st day) of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month till ninth day. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijay Dashami (Dussehra). During these nine days various forms of deity Durga are worshipped. Navratri is a Sanskrit language word meaning” Nine Nights”. This festival is celebrated with much fanfare in eastern India, specially Bengal State and Western India, specially in Gujarat state. There are different methods of celebration in different part of India and the world.
Auspicious dates of Navratri 2020
1st: Pratipada- March 25, 2020 (Wednesday) for maa Shailaputri
2nd: Dwitiya- March 26, 2020 (Thursday) for maa Brahmchaarini
3rd: Tritiya- March 27, 2020 (Friday) for maa Chandraghanta
4th: Chaturthi- March 28, 2020 (Saturday) for maa Kooshmanda
5th: Panchami- March 29, 2020 (Sunday) for maa Skandmata
6th: Shashthi- March 30, 2020 (Monday) for maa Katyayini
7th: Saptami- March 31, 2020 (Tuesday) for maa Kalratri
8th: Ashtami- April 1, 2020 (Wednesday) for maa Mahagauri
9th: Navami- April 2, 2020 (Thursday) for maa Siddhidatri
How to Worship during Navratri 2020
1st day : Navratri 2020 Start Date
The day of maa Shailaputri, March 25, 2020 (Wednesday)
Preparations: Those who want the blessings of maa Durga for health, prosperity and peace, should start the Navratri Puja in a planned manner.
The first step is to establish an earthen pitcher (Ghat Sthapana) before starting Puja.
Ghat Sthapana: Get a new small earthen pitcher, fill it with water mixed with holy Ganga water (gangajal), cover it with fresh mango tree leaves and keep a coconut with threads (as used in Puja) over it. The coconut should be wrapped in red colour new cloth and the cloth is tied with the help of sacred thread of red colour ( Mauli).
Second step is to prepare an earthen pot filled with sand. Sow the barley seeds in this pot. All these items are usually available at a Puja store near by.
Third step is to prepare an idol or picture of maa Durga which could be brought fresh from market or the existing in the house may be used.
Fourth step is to make a suitable place in the house for the worshipping for next few days. Once set up these items should not be moved during the Navratri Puja. As per vaastu consideration the place should preferably be located in the north east area of the house when measured from inside of house.
Fifth step is to clean the place, spread a red colour clean cloth used as the base and set up all above items properly.
Sixth step is to get ready for worshipping. The whole family may assemble for prayers after taking bath. They should call upon all Devgana (all Gods and Godesses) to take their place at this place into the pitcher. Call upon maa Durga to be present for rest of the Navratri at your place (This is called avvahan). Virtually believing that all deities have taken their places, the prayers may began.
Before starting prayers, lighten up a lamp with pure ghee. Either keep the lamp in a plate to move in circulatory motion during chanting of prayers or use a lamp with handle to do puja. Offer flower garlands to the deities. Make arrangement for Dhoop for scent.