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Shardiya Navratri Ghatasthapana 2020

The festival of Sharad Navratri begins in two days. Also spelt as Navaratri, it is the nine night celebration of Goddess Durga Maa. This year Navratri 2020 begins on October 17 and will go on till October 25. Nine manifestations of Maa Durga are worshipped on each of the days and the first day is known as Ghatasthapana. It is the day of Kalash Staphana ritual and there are special rituals and traditions for this auspicious occasion. It is the invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it at the right time is important.

Ashwina Ghatasthapana on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ghatasthapana Muhurat – 07:14 AM to 10:51 AM
Duration – 03 Hours 37 Mins

Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat – 12:18 PM to 01:01 PM
Duration – 00 Hours 43 Mins

Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi
Pratipada Tithi Begins – 03:30 PM on Oct 16, 2020
Pratipada Tithi Ends – 11:38 AM on Oct 17, 2020

Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during Navratri. It marks the beginning of nine days festivity. Our scriptures have well defined rules and guidelines to perform Ghatasthapana during a certain period of time at the beginning of Navratri. Ghatasthapana is invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it wrong time, as our scriptures forewarn, might bring wrath of the Goddess Shakti. Ghatasthapana is prohibited during Amavasya and night time.

The most auspicious or Shubh time to do Ghatasthapana is first one third of the day while Pratipada is prevailing. If due to some reasons this time is not available then Ghatasthapana can be done during Abhijit Muhurta. It is advised to avoid Nakshatra Chitra and Vaidhriti Yoga during Ghatasthapana but those are not prohibited. The most important factor to consider is that Ghatasthapana is done before Hindu midday while Pratipada is prevailing.

Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi

  • Take a pan like wide mouthed utensil as a base. Three layers of mud are kept along with nine different grains. Sprinkle water on it, so that there is moisture for it to germinate.
  • Ghatasthapana is done in a Kalash (a brass, copper utensil). Wash the kalash clean and fill it with Ganga Jal or clean regular water.
  • Also add some coins and durva grass in it.
  • Place five mango leaves around the neck of the Kalash. Cover it with a coconut with its fibre upwards.
  • Keep the Kalash in middle of the plate with mud and seeds.
  • Apply Haldi-Kumkum on the utensil and place a coloured cloth over it. You can draw a swastika on the kalash with kumkum.
  • You can also put a garland around it.
  • Place it in the Puja room and a Panchopachara Puja to welcome the Goddess.
  • Light a lamp, along with incense or dhoop sticks. Offer flowers and special Naivedya sweets which are prepared for the day.

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