Chaitra Navratri Pujan 2017
Chaitra Navratri is also known as Vasanta Navratri. As per Hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra is the first month which coincides with the month of March – April. Chaitra Navratri is also famous by the name of Rama Navratri as birthday of Lord Rama falls on the ninth day of Navratri festival.
Goddess Durga has nine structures, and all are loved amid Navratri by devoting every day to one "symbol" or incarnation. Every goddess is illustrative of a specific ideal and is accepted to present satisfaction. This puja vidhi which is followed during Sharad Navratri is also followed during Chaitra Navratri.
Ghatsthapna on 28th March, 2017
Ghatsthapna is also known by the name of Kalash Sthapna, which is a siginificant ritual observed during Navratri Pujan. It is done on the first day of Navratri, Pratipada.
The first three days of Navratri festival are related to the worship of Goddess Durga. The next three days are related to worship of Goddess Laxmi and on the last three days worship of Goddess Sarswati is done with all rituals.
Ghatsthapna Muhurta ~~ 08:26 – 10:22
Duration – 1 hour 55 minutes
Due to skipped Pratipada tithi, Ghatsthapna Muhurta falls on Amavasya Tithi
Pratipada Tithi begins ~ 08:26 on 28th March 2017
Pratipada Tithi ends ~ 05:44 on 29th March 2017
Shailputri Puja on First Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Shailputri is the name of form of Goddess Durga when she incarnated as daughter of King of Mountains – Himachal. Meaning of Shail is mountain and Putri is daughter. Her sheen is equal to crores of moons. She rides on Nandi bull. Her head is embellished with half-moon. She has a trishul (trident) in her right hand and var mudra in other hand. She is worshiped on the first day of Navratri.
Mantra of praying to Shailputri Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Shailputryai Swaha (ॐ देवी शैल्पुत्र्यै स्वाहा) (Do 108 recitation of this mantra)
(ii) Vande Vanchhit Laabhaay, Chandrardhkritshekharaam | Vrisharudham Shooldharaam Shailputriim Yashaswinim ||
(iii) Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Prakriti Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, I worship Goddess Shailputri to fulfill my wishes, who is embellished with halfmoon on her head, rides on a bull, carry a trishul (trident) and is eminent.
Brahmcharini Puja on Second Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Maa Durga was incarnated as the daughter of King Daksh and this form of her is known by the name of Brahmcharini Devi. In this incarnation, her name was Sati. This was her unmarried form which is worshipped as Brahmcharini Devi.
She has Jap mala (Rosary) in her right hand and Kamandalu in her left hand. She walks bare feet. To get Lord Shiva as her husband, she was on a diet of flowers and fruits only for 1000 years, followed by green leafy vegetables for another 100 years. She used to sleep on floor for her tapasya. She did severe tapasya for all seasons and remained on Bilva leaves for 3000 years for Lord Shiva. Her favourite flower is Jasmine and her favourite color is orange.
Mantra of Praying to Brahmcharini Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Brahamcharinyai Namaha (ॐ देवी ब्रह्म्चरिण्यै नम) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Dadhaanaa Kar Padmaabhyaamakshmala Kamandaloo | Devi Prasidatu Mayi Brahmcharinyanuttamaa
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Brahamcharini Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, I worship Goddess Brahamcharini, who holds rosary in her right hand and Kamandalu in her left hand, please shower your blessings on me. A devotee who wants knowledge and wants to know God, he should worship Brahmcharini Devi during Navratri.
Chandraghanta Puja on Third Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form of Goddess Mahagauri, after getting married to Lord Shiva, when she started adorning her forehead with half-moon or Chandra. Thus, she is named as Goddess Chandraghanta. She is worshiped on the third Navratri.
She governs the planet Shukra. She mounts on the tigress and wears half-moon or Chandra on her forehead. The Chandra (half-moon) on her head looks like Ghanta (bell) and so she is called by the name of Chandra-Ghanta.
She depicts ten hands. In her four left hands, she holds Gada, Trishul, Kamandalu and Sword. Her fifth hand remains in Varadra Mudra. In her four right hands, she holds Lotus Flower, Rosary (Jap Mala), Arrow and Bow (Dhanush). Her fifth right hand remains in Abhaya Mudra. Her favorite flower is Jasmine.
Chandraghanta Goddess is a Goddess of peace and welfare for her devotees. With all her weapons in her hands, she is ready for the war. With the sound of moon-bell (Chandra-Ghanta) on her forehead, all the devil spirits, obstacles remain away from her devotees.
Mantra of Praying to Chandraghanta Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Chandraghantayayi Namah (ॐ देवी चन्द्रघन्टायै नमः) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Pindaj Pravaarudh chandkopastrkairyuta | Prasadam Tanute Madhyam Chandraghanteti vishrutaa ||
(iii) Ati Soumyati Raudrayayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha, Namo Jagat Pratishthayayi Devyayi Krityayi Namo Namaha
Which means Oh Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on Tigress, angry on enemies and devils, holds many weapons in her ten hands, please shower your divine blessings on me.
Kushmanda Puja on Fourth Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on the fourth Navratri. Goddess Parvati, after taking Sidhhidatri form, started living inside the Sun so as to liberate energy to the whole universe. After that she is known by the name of Kushmanda Devi.
Goddess Kushmanda has the capability and power to live inside the Sun. Her body has radiance and glow as same as the Sun is luminous. She governs the Sun and provides energy and direction to the Sun.
Goddess Kushmanda mounts on lioness. She has eight hands and thus she is also called as Ashtbhuja Devi. In her four right hands, she holds Kamandalu, Bada, Dhanush and Lotus flower. In her four left hands, she holds Chakra, Jap Mala, Amrit Kalash and Gada. Her favourite color is red and so red colored flowers.
In her Jap Mala, she has enormous power to bestow Nidhhis and Sidhhis. She is the creator of Brahmand that is whole universe and she likes white pumpkin's (Kushmanda) Bali. Due to this association of Kushmanda and Brahmand, she is called by the name of Kushmanda Devi.
Mantra of Praying to Kushmanda Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Kushmandayayi Namah (ॐ देवी कूष्माण्डायै नमः) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Suraasampoorna Kalasham Rudhiraaplutamev Cha | Dadhaanaa Hastpadmaabhyaam Kushmanda Shubhdaastu Me ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Tushti Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, Oh Goddess Kushmanda who holds two pitchers full of Madira and Blood in her lotus hands, please shower your blessings on me.
Skandmata Puja on Fifth day of Chaitra Navratri:
Goddess Durga took incarnation of Goddess Parvati and she gave birth to Lord Skanda. Goddess Parvati in the form of mother of Lord Skanda, (who is also known by the name of Lord Kartikeya) is known as Goddess Skandmata. She is worshiped on the fifth Navratri.
Goddess Skandmata governs the Budha planet. She rides on the ferocious lion along with six faced baby Murugan in her lap. Lord Murugan is the brother of Lord Ganesh, also known by the name of Lord Kartikeya.
She has four hands. In both her upper two hands, she holds Lotus Flower. In one of her right hand, she carries Lord Murugan and her another left hand remains in Abhaya Mudra. Goddess Skandmata is also known as Goddess Padmasana as she sits on Lotus Flower. Her complexion is Shubhra that also describes her white complexion. Her favorite flowers are red colored flowers.
Mantra of Praying to Skandmata Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Skandmatayayi Namah (ॐ देवी स्कन्दमातायै नमः) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Sinhaasangataam Nityam Padmaanchit Kardwayaa | Shubhdaastu Sadaa Devi Skandmata Yashaswini ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Skandmata Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, Oh Goddess Skandmata who rides on Lion with Kartikeya, holds lotus in her two hands and Varmudra in one hand, please shower your blessings on me.
Katyayani Devi Puja on Sixth Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Goddess Parvati in the most violent form is known by the name of Goddess Katyayani. Goddess Parvati took incarnation in the form of Katyayani Devi to destroy Mahishasura demon. She is famous as the Warrior Goddess. She is worshiped on the sixth Navratri.
Goddess Katyayani governs the planet Brihaspati. It is believed as per the religious books that Goddess Parvati took birth at the home of Rishi (sage) Katya. So, this form of Goddess Parvati is called by the name of Goddess Katyayani. Goddess Katyayani is Mahasaraswati as per Durga Saptshati texts.
Goddess Katyayani mounts on the magnificent lion and has four hands. She keeps her right hands in Varada Mudra and Abhaya Mudra. In her left hands, she holds Lotus Flower and sword. Her favorite flowers are red colored flowers. She loves red roses.
Mantra of Praying to Katyayani Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Katyayanyayi Namah (ॐ देवी कात्यायन्यै नमः) 108 recitation should be done of this mantra
(ii) Chandrahaasojjval Karaa Shaardoolvarvaahanaa | Katyayani Shubham Dadyaad Devi Daanavghatini ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Katyayani Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, Devi Katyayani who holds Chandrahaas Sword and Lotus Flower in her hands, rides on magnificent Lion and destroys demons, please shower your blessings on me.
Kalaratri Puja on Seventh Day of Chaitra Navratri:
The time when the Goddess Parvati evacuated her external golden skin to slaughter evil presences named Shumbha and Nishumbha, she was known by the name of Goddess Kalaratri. Kalaratri is the fiercest and the most savage form of Goddess Parvati. Goddess Kalaratri is worshiped on the seventh Navratri.
She governs the planet Shani. Goddess Kalaratri appearance is dim dark. She is portrayed with four hands. She keeps her right hands in Abhaya and Varada Mudra and in her left hands, she holds sword and the savage iron snare. She remains naked and rides on ass. She has long lips and radiant body. She is wearing decorations in legs like lightning. She has opened hair, enormous eyes and ears. Her favorite flowers are night blooming jasmine.
Goddess Kalaratri is the fiercest form of Goddess Parvati. She favors her devotees with Abhaya and Varada Mudras. As a result of her Shubh or favorable force inside her form of Goddess Kalaratri, she is otherwise called Goddess Shubhankari (शुभंकरी). People also spell her name as Kalratri and Kaalratri.
She is extremely ferocious looking. Worshiping over Goddess Kalratri evacuates all hindrances and also expels every enchanted impact made by others.
Mantra of Praying to Kalaratri Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Kalratryayi Namah (ॐ देवी कालरात्र्यै नमः) 108 Recitation should be done of this Kalratri Mantra
(ii) Ekaveni Japakarnpoora Nagna Kharaasthita | Lamboshthi Karnika karni Tailaabhyaktshariirini ||
Vaam Paadollasallohlata Kantakbhushanaa | Bardhan Moordham Dhwajaa Krishnaa Kalratrirbhayankari ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Kalaratri Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Mahagauri Puja on Eighth Day of Chaitra Navratri:
When Goddess Shailputri was sixteen years old, she was very beautiful and had brilliant white complexion as white as moon. Due to her fair complexion, she was called Mahagauri. Goddess Mahagauri is worshiped on the eighth Navratri.
Goddess Mahagauri governs the planet Rahu. Goddess Mahagauri and Goddess Shailputri, both rides on a bull, therefore she is also famous as Vrisharudha. Her favorite flowers are night blooming jasmine.
She has four hands. In her one right hand, she carries Trishul (trident) and her another right hand remains in Abhaya Mudra. In her one left hand, she holds Damru and her another left hand remains in Varada Mudra. She is compared with the white flower Kunda and white moon. She wears only pure white clothes. All these aspects portray her name – Goddess Mahagauri and Shwetambardhara.
Mantra of Praying to Mahagauri Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Mahagauryayi Namah (ॐ देवी महागौर्यै नमः) 108 Recitation should be done of this Kalratri Mantra
(ii) Shwete Vrishesamarudha Shwetaambardhara Shuchih | Mahagauri Shubham Dadyanmahadev Pramodadaa ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Mahagauri Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, Oh Goddess Mahagauri who rides on white bull, wears pure white clothes, provider of happiness, please shower your divine blessings on me.
Siddhidatri Puja on Ninth Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Goddess Siddhidatri possesses eight siddhis and nine nidhis. Goddess Siddhidatri was incarnated when Adi-Parashakti entered in left half body of Lord Shiva. When universe was beginning, Lord Rudra adorned Adi-Parashakti for creation, who had no form. After that, Adi-Parashakti took form of Goddess Siddhidatri. Since then, Lord Shiva was also known by the name of Ardha-Narishwar. Siddhidatri Puja is done on the ninth day of Navratri.
She governs the planet Ketu and gives direction and energy to it. She mounts on lion and sits on Kamal (Lotus Flower). She has four hands. In her one left hand, she holds Lotus Flower and in another left hand, she holds Shankh (Conch). In her one right hand, she holds Gada and in another right hand, she holds Chakra.
Lord Shiva got all the Siddhis from Goddess Siddhidatri. Along with humans, she is worshiped by all the Siddha, Aksha, Asura, Gandharva and Deva. She bestows all her Siddhis on her devotees. Devotees who worship Goddess Siddhidatri on the ninth day of Navratri receive the results of all the nine days worship.
Mantra of Praying to Siddhidatri Devi are:
(i) Om Devi Siddhidatryayi Namah (ॐ देवी सिद्धिदात्र्यै नमः) 108 Recititation should be done of Siddhidatri Mantra
(ii) Siddha Gandharva Yakshdyairasurairamarairapi | Sevyamaanaa Sadabhuyaat Siddhida Siddhidayini ||
(iii) Om Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Maa Siddhidatri Rupen Sansthita, Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namastasyayi Namo Namaha
Which means, Oh Goddess Siddhidatri, who is worshiped by Siddha, Gandharva, Aksha, Asura and Deva and holds Conch, Chakra, Gada and Lotus in her hands, Goddess of all Sddhis and victory all over, please shower your blessings on me.
Navratri Parana on Ninth Day of Chaitra Navratri:
Navratri Parana time ~~ after 10:03
Navratri Parana is done after Navmi Tithi gets over on Dashmi tithi
Dashmi Tithi begins – 10:03 on 5th April 2017
Dashmi Tithi ends – 09:15 on 6th April 2017
Jai Mata Di! Shubh Navratri!!