Navratri 2020: Puja timings, vrat tithi and foods! – Times of India

Posted: October 17, 2020 at 8:52 am

Navratri is around the corner and its that time of the year, when the festive fervour can be felt every! This year Shardiya Navratri is starting from 17th October 2020 and the celebration will continue till 25th October 2020. Undeniably, the pandemic scare has changed the dynamics of life, but amidst all this Goddess Durga brings with her a ray of hope for devotees to survive the wrath of the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite the tough times, the festive zeal can be felt masked behind the rules of social distancing as devotees leave no stone unturned to shower their love for Goddess Durga and seek her blessings! From Puja Tithi to Vrat vidhi and foods to offer as a bhog, heres all you need to know before you begin with Navratri celebrations. Navratri Vrat Vidhi and TithiNavratri is a 9 day long festival, wherein 9 avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped by following several rituals and pujas. Navratri begins with the puja of Goddess Durgas Shailaputri avatar followed by all incarnations of Shakti such as Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Sidhidatri.

According to Hindu mythology, every avatar of almighty Shakti possesses different powers and to seek their blessings, following the rituals in the right way is essential. Heres an elaborate plan of Puja tithi, muhurat, vidhi and foods that can be offered as prasad during the 9-day celebration.

Day 1: On the first day of Navratri, the muhurat for Ghatasthapana begins at 06:23 AM to 10:12 AM and continues till 11:43 AM to 12:29 PM. On this day, Goddess Durgas Shailputri avatar is worshipped. As per Hindu mythology, Shilaputri avtar is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. She is also worshipped as Lord Shivas wife Mahakali. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Shilaputri can bring prosperity and can remove the bad effect of the moon. It is believed that offering Jasmine flowers to the deity can bring good fortune and fulfill wishes.

Bhog: It is believed offering Cow Ghee on this day as a Bhog can bring good fortune and good health.

Day 2: The 2nd day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Brahmacharini. According to religious beliefs, worshipping the Brahmacharini avatar of Goddess Durga brings peace and prosperity. It is believed that Lord Mangal is governed by Brahmacharini avatar of Goddess Durga.

On this day, fasting has its own relevance as it was believed that Goddess Brahmacharini spent 1000 years on the diet of flowers and fruits and another 100 years on the diet on leafy vegetables while sleeping on the floor. It was also believed that she consumed Bilva leaves for 3000 years as she prayed to Lord Shiva and later she left ann and jal (food and water) to get Lord Shiva as her Husband, according to the Drik Panchang.

Bhog: On this day offering sugar and Panchamrit as a bhog can impress the Goddess and bring happiness and prosperity.

Day 3 The third day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Chandraghanta. This avatar of Goddess Durga is the married form of the Goddess Parvati. After her marriage with Lord Shiva, Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra and due to which Goddess Parvati was known as Goddess Chandraghanta, according to Drik Panchang.

It is believed that devotees seeking the blessing of Lord Shukra must worship Goddess Chandraghanta to seek peace, prosperity and happiness. The half-moon on her forehead symbolizes her beauty and bravery!

Bhog: It is believed that offering Kheer and Milk based delicacies as a prasad can bring wealth, good health and prosperity in the family.

Day 4 Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. It is believed that this avatar of Goddess Durga has the power to reside inside the Sun. It is believed that to seek blessings and energy of the Sun one must worship Goddess Kushmanda. Offering red flowers to deity can make your wishes come true.

Bhog: Making and distributing a bhog of Malpua on this day strengthens will power and intelligence.

Day 5Goddess Skandamata, the mother of Skanda(Kartikeya) is worshipped on the 5th day of Navratri. This avatar of Goddess Parvati symbolizes the strength of a mother and how she protects her child. It is believed that worshipping this avatar of Shakti improves the planetary position of Budha planet.

Bhog: On this day offering a banana or banana based delicacies as a bhog can bring professional growth and can improve health condition.

Day 6 This day is dedicated to worshipping the Katyayani avatar of Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Katyayani is the Warrior Goddess and is full of rage, unlike other forms of Parvati.

It is believed that the planet Brihaspati is governed by Goddess Katyayani and worshipping the deity with a bhog of Honey or Meethe Paan (sweet betel leaf) removes negativity and brings happiness.

Day 7The 7th day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kalaratri. The Kalaratri avatar of Shakti symbolizes rage and worshipping her on this day protects devotees from all kinds of sufferings.

Bhog: Offering a bhog of Jaggery (gur) or delicacies made with jaggery on this day can bring in positive vibes and protect devotees from suffering.

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