9 must know rituals of Chaitra Navratri
Vasanth Navratri is celebrated in month of Chaitra
The Chaitra Navratri commences on first day (pratipada) of brighter half of lumar month -Chitra. As per Gregorian calendar it falls during month of March-April. This year it will be celebrated during 28 March to 5 April 2017.
Worshiping 9 manifestations of Shakti
During Chaitra Navratri 9 manifestations of Shakti that is Goddess Shailputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyaini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhatri are worshiped.
During this vowed religious observance, on first day of navratri a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) at a sanctified place at home. The pot symbolizes the universe.
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Burning of lamp during Chaitra navratri help in reducing negative energies and helps in increasing divine consciousness among devotees. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which one worships the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi.
Sowing of Barley - Chaitra Navratri
Barley is symbol of first fruit. It signifies growth prosperity and abundance. It is believed that the length and quality of the shoots determines the Quantum of income that a family will have in coming six months.
Offerings to Goddess during 9 days
Different kinds of offerings are made to Goddess during 9 days of navratri these are Banana, ghee made from cow milk, unsalted butter, mishri, kheer, milk, malpoa, honey, molasses, coconut and dhan ka lawa.
Durga Saptsatti path during 9 days
It is highly considered highly auspicious to recite particular Adhays of Durga saptsaati on various days of navratri. Reciting the same empowers devotee with peace, serenity, wealth and prosperity in life.
9 Different colors of dresses worn during 9 days
Nine different color of dresses Green, Blue, red, Orange, yellow, indigo, violet, Pink and clothes with golden hue, one color each day is worn during 9 days of navratri.
During 9 days of Chaitra navratri kanya pujan is done by offering them flowers, fruits, sweets, cardamom, beetal, clothes, make up items, tops, stationary items and home cooked food(preferably halwa, Black gram, poori).
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