New Delhi: The 9-day-long festival of Shardiya Navratri festival dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars began on Monday with the first day of the festivity being marked with Kalash or Ghatsthapna.
The festival is celebrated with much fervour all across the country by Hindus. The festival takes place in the month of Ashwin during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon), hence the name. Pratipada Tithi, the first day of Navratri, marks the arrival of the Goddess.
Mata Shailputri is worshipped on the first day. She is also referred to as Hemavati and Parvati.
It is said that after her self-immolation, Goddess Sati was born to King Himalaya as Shailputri.
Shailputri is a combination of two words: Shail, which means mountain, and Putri, which means daughter, daughter of mountains. She is depicted with two hands, with a Trishul in the right hand and a lotus flower in the left.
Goddess Shailputri is also known as Vrisharudha because she rides a white bull.
Kalash or Ghatsthapna:
The most important ritual during Navratri, Ghatsthapna is done to mark the beginning of the 9-day festival. The Ghatsthapna Abhijit Muhurat will take place from 11:48 AM to 12:36 PM. Navratri 2022 Pratipada Tithi will begin at 03:23 AM on September 26, 2022 and will end at 03:08 AM on September 27, 2022.
Shailputri Puja Vidhi:
The festival begins with Ghatsthapna and is followed by Panchopachara Puja. Goddess Shailputri is presented with an oil lamp, incense sticks, flowers, fruits, and sweets made of desi ghee as bhog.
On the first day of Navaratri, devotees worship Maa Shailputri and seek blessings for the well-being of the family.
Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit It is intended for worshipping Goddess Durga and her nine avatars, known as Navdurga.
Hindus observe a total of four Navratri throughout the year. Only two of them, Chaitra Navaratri and Shardiya Navaratri saw widespread celebrations, as they coincide with the beginnings of the seasons.
In India, Navratri is celebrated in a wide range of ways. Ramlila, a celebration in which scenes from the Ramayana are performed, is organised in North India, mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. The burning of King Ravana’s effigies marks the conclusion of the story on Vijayadashami.