The 9 auspicious days of Navratri have already started. It is a festival which is celebrated all over the country with a lot of grandeur and fanfare.
Maha Navratri is celebrated before Dussehra, in the month of Ashwin. All the nine days are dedicated to praying Maa Durga.
Maa Durga is a very powerful Goddess. She is the epitome of strength, success and prosperity. She was made by the gods in order to defeat the evil buffalo-man Mahishasura. She is the example of Triumph of Good over evil.
It is important to invoke Maa Durga's blessings during the Navratri time. It said that whoever invokes Maa Durga's blessings will receive courage to win over all the obstacles in life. They will also be blessed with good health and prosperity for the rest of the year.
The Maha Navratri Pooja is done specifically to invoke Maa Durga's blessings. It is done on the eighth day of Navratri. This was the day Maa Durga was born and hence it is important to conduct the pooja on this day.
This pooja is very powerful in attaining the divine blessings and knowledge. Therefore, performing the pooja in the right way is important.
Here is all the information regarding the right way of conducting pooja and aarti. Take a look.
Preparation Of The Pooja:
These are the things required for the pooja:
- One photo of Maa Durga
- Durga Saptashati, which is the armour of Goddess Durga
- Cardamom, cloves, sindoor, gulal
- Mango leaves, coconut and water in a kalash
- Dhoop, incense sticks, matchbox, and sandalwood paste
- Rice, beetle leaves and beetle nut
- Hibiscus, lotus and rose
- Pomegranate and banana
- Sweets like laddoo and peda
- Jowar seeds sown in a pit on the first day of Navratri.
Make sure that all the pooja ingredients are pure and clean. The pooja should be conducted in a clean place with higher elevation. People who will sit in the pooja are required to take a bath early in the morning and wear clean clothes.
- Adorn the picture of Goddess Durga with a garland of fresh flowers.
- Fill the kalash with water from a clean source. Add some coins and betel nut. Cover the kalash with a red cloth and tie with a red thread or moli. Wrap the coconut also in a red cloth and place it on top of the kalash. Adorn the coconut with some rice and sindoor.
- Light the diya, incense sticks and dhoop. Keep reciting Maa Durga's names.
- Prepare the aarti thali with roli, rice, sindoor gulal and a diya.
- Perform the aarti with the prepared thali and distribute the prasad to the people who have attended the pooja.
- During the aarti, songs like ''Durga Maa ki Aarti" and "Durga Stuti" are to be sung.