Kanya Puja or Kumari Puja 2016:
Kanya Puja or Kumari Puja is considered an important ritual during Navratri Puja and Durga Puja. Kanya Puja is known by different names such as Kumari Puja, Kumarika Puja, Kanchaka, Kanya Laangur.
Kanya Puja Time:
Ashtami Tithi Begins – 21:24 on 8th October 2016
Ashtami Tithi Ends – 22:30 on 9th October 2016
As per Hindu religious texts Kanya puja is suggested to be done on all the nine days of Navratri Celebration. To start with, one single girl is worshiped on the very first day of Navratri and one girl is added on each following day. Many people follow the practice of Kanya puja only on single day either on Ashtami Day Puja or Navami Day Puja. The day of Kanya Puja is decided and followed as per family traditions of respective Kul. Kanya Puja is performed on Ashtami Tithi in Belur Math.
Kanya Puja Vidhi:
According to Hindu religious texts, two to ten years’old girls are suitable for Kanya puja ( Brahmin girls to fulfill all sorts of wishes, Kshatriya girls for the fame and glory, Vaishya girls for the prosperity and wealth and Shudra girls to get son ). These girls portray various forms of Goddess Durga and named as follows:
- Rohini Kali
- Subhadra or Bhadra
- All the nine girls ( kanya ) and one boy ( laangur ) are welcomed by washing their feet with religious water and roli ( red powdered kumkum ).
- Then they are seated respectively on mat laid on the floor (preferably in temple zone of your home ) and mauli ( religious red thread ) is tied on their wrists by chanting dedicated mantra.
- A tilak is applied on their forehead and a red chunni of devi maa is given to them.
- The youngest girl can be asked to pick up Jau from the mud pot which are now fully grown and kept in our temple as a sign of growth and wealth.
- Halwa, Puri, Chana, Coconut are prepared for Prasad Bhog to Goddess.
- All the girls are served delicious food ( Prasad ) after offering bhog to Goddess Durga.
- Dakshina ( money ) and gifts are given to all the girls by touching their feet and taking their blessings, who are seen as a form of the Goddess.
Jai Mata Di ! Shubh Navratri !!