Chaitra Navratri 2021: The nine-day Navratri in spring, Chaitra Navratri, starts April 13. Chaitra Navratri Usually coincides with harvest festivals and The Bharat Express News New Year in several states. Among the agricultural communities of the country, Chaitra Navratriis very special and there are unique celebrations in the households. Every day of Chaitra Navratri is dedicated to a different form of the goddess Durga. The first day is the most significant because the Kalash Sthapna ot Ghatasthapanais done that day. Chaitra Navratri begins by worshiping Maa Shailaputri on Pratipada. After these eight forms or avatars of Devi Durga – Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri – are revered.
Chaitra Navratri: when and how to do it Kalash Sthapna or Ghatasthapana
The right time to Ghatasthapana April 13, Tuesday is between 6:11 a.m. and 10:22 a.m.
Items Needed For Kalash Sthapna
- A large clay pot with soil for sowing the ‘Sapta Dhanya’ or seven kinds of grains
- ‘Sapta Dhanya’ or the Seven Kinds of Cereals
- A steel or brass pitcher (Kalash)
- Clean water or water from the Ganges river
- Red string
- Betel nut
- Parts for the Kalash
- A small twig of the five-leaf mango tree
- A small bowl of rice grains
- A coconut
- Flowers and durva (a commonly found king of grass)
What you need to do to Kalash Sthapna or Ghatasthapana
- The seven types of grains are sown in damp earth in the clay pot
- The Kalash is kept on the clay pot
- A piece of red thread is tied around the Kalash’s neck and filled with water
- Betel nut, flowers, durba and coin are put in the Kalash with mango leaves
- A coconut is placed on mango leaves in the Kalash
- Preparations are now complete to welcome Goddess Durga
- Kalash is worshiped throughout the Chaitra Navratri period and it is removed after nine days and submerged in a body of water.
Happy Chaitra Navratri 2021!