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Avoid These 3 Inauspicious Hours on the First Day of Navratri” “Maximize Your Navratri Blessings: Choosing the Right

Ghatsthapana 2023: Significance and Rituals of Navaratri in Hinduism

Navaratri, a nine-day festival of immense importance in Hinduism, holds a special place in the hearts of millions of devotees. It is a time when the sacred ‘Akhand Jyoti’ is lit, the ‘Kalash Sthapana’ is performed, and the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. The festival begins on the Pratipada Tithi (the first day) of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwin, known as ‘Ghatsthapana.’ Performing ‘Ghatsthapana’ during an auspicious muhurat is crucial, and this year, Navaratri is expected to be exceptionally auspicious from the very first day. However, there’s a three-hour window on the first day when ‘Ghatsthapana’ should not be conducted.

The Significance of ‘Kalash Sthapana’

‘Kalash Sthapana,’ or the establishment of the sacred pot, is a central ritual during Navaratri. It marks the beginning of the nine-day festival, symbolizing the welcoming of Goddess Durga into our homes. This year, the muhurat for ‘Ghatsthapana’ falls between 11:45 PM on the night of 14th October and 12:32 AM on the night of 15th October, according to the Hindu Panchang. Due to an astrological alignment, this auspicious time lasts only until 11:45 PM. After that, it is not recommended to perform ‘Ghatsthapana’ for the next three hours. Alternatively, you can perform ‘Kalash Sthapana’ after 2:45 PM on that day.

It is advisable to conduct ‘Ghatsthapana’ before 11:45 AM on the first day of Navaratri to ensure you capture the most auspicious moment.

Avoiding Mistakes During Navaratri

Navaratri is a highly sacred time, and certain precautions should be taken to maintain its sanctity. Here are some key things to keep in mind:

1. Respect for Women and Girls

During the nine days of Navaratri, it’s essential to treat all women and young girls, especially those representing the divine feminine, with the utmost respect. Disrespecting them can incur the wrath of Goddess Durga and lead to various hardships in life.

2. Avoid Tamasic Food and Impurities

One should refrain from consuming tamasic (impure) foods and bringing impurities into the home during Navaratri. It’s crucial to maintain purity within your household during this sacred period.

3. House Cleaning

Before Navaratri begins, it’s advisable to thoroughly clean your home, remove clutter, and dispose of any unwanted items. This act of cleaning signifies the removal of negativity and impurities from your life, making way for divine blessings.

In conclusion, Navaratri is a time of devotion, spirituality, and renewal of faith. ‘Ghatsthapana’ and ‘Kalash Sthapana’ are integral to the festivities and observing them at the right muhurtas is of paramount importance. Additionally, adhering to the guidelines and avoiding common mistakes during Navaratri ensures that the blessings of Goddess Durga are bestowed upon you and your family.