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You will also require some fresh flowers like rose, jasmine or red hibiscus. Take a mat, to sit. If possible, every member of the house should sit together. Get up sharp at the sunrise. This time is considered best to perform the Navratri Pooja. Take bath and wear laundered clothes.

Someone must stay back at home. On the right hand side of the idol, keep incense sticks etc. Keep yourself prepared to do the Puja with full devotion and concentration. Keep the kalash and coconut as well. Lay the mat and sit in an upright position in front of the deity.

Place mango leaves on the mouth of the kalash. Place a coconut inside the kalash. Tie moli around the neck of the kalash.

Now, offer sandalwood powder and some fresh grass to the Goddess. Then, offer the sari or dupatta to the Goddess. Place some fresh flowers in front of the Goddess. If you are married, then offer two such paans. Give aahuti for 11 times. Fold your hands and pray. At last, offer prasad and do aarti of Goddess Durga.

Pray with whole heart. The Durga Saptashati book should be kept carefully and respectfully. People of different states celebrate Mahanavami in their own way.

On the concluding day, nine young girls are invited in the house and feasted with delicious food. These nine young girls are treated as the nine forms of the Goddess. They are welcomed by washing their feet and putting tilak on their forehead. The concluding day is treated as the resting day. People do not begin with any new work and even children do not study this day.

The people of West Bengal celebrate Durga Pooja with great enthusiasm and devotion. On Mahanavami, the idol of Goddess Durga is bid adieu and immersed in the sea or river or any flowing source of water. The festival of Navratri is divided into the sets of three days. These sets are formulated to worship the different forms of the Goddess.

On the first three days, Goddess Durga is revered and worshipped. She is known to be the master of power and eliminates all the evil and fear from the mind and life of the devotees. The next three days are devoted to the Goddess of wealth- Lakshmi. She showers the blessings of never-ending wealth upon her devotees.

The final set of three days is devoted for worshipping the Goddess of wisdom- Saraswati. She is responsible for spiritual enlightenment and success in life. The Goddesses are worshipped under nine different names and in nine different characters during the nine prosperous days.

She symbolizes beauty and bravery. She is believed to be the creator of the universe. She is as black as the night and takes away all the fears from the devotees. She is the epitome of beauty and as white as the snow. She represents calmness and wisdom. Navratri is a festival of sentiments, positive thoughts, peace and prosperity. Every year it is welcomed with great respect and love. People refrain from wrong deeds and indulge in pure devotion.

Wish you a Happy Navratri!


Navratri Puja Vidhi - Procedure of Navratri Pooja

On Navratri, as you decided to do easy Navratri puja of Goddess Durga, you have to follow some very basic rules. Navratri Puja Vidhi Basic Rules 1. Keep Purity of mind, body and place of worship during Navratri. During Navratri, do worship with full devotion and love in the feet of Mother Goddess. Worship at a particular time daily If possible.


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Step 1 - First take the wide clay pot the one which would be used to keep the Kalash to sow the grains. Spread the first layer of the soil into the pot and then spread the grain seeds. Now add the second layer of the soil and grains. In second layer grains should be spread near the periphery of the pot.

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