Navratri / Durga Puja 2017: The festival of Navratri is just a few days away. Devotees across the country are all set to welcome Maa Durga. It begins from September 21 and will end on September 29. The puja begins with Ghatasthapana, a ritual that symbolises women power, a Zee News report said. As per Drikpanchang.com, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta will begin from 6:13 AM to 8:10 AM. The Pratipada Tithi will begin on September 20 at at 10:59 AM and end next day at 10:34 AM, it added
The Ghatasthapana puja is done by using puja items that are considered holy and symbolic. A shallow pan like utensil made of clay is used as base. Three layers of mud and Sapta Dhanya/Navadhanya seeds are then scattered in the pan. After that little bit of water is needed to be sprinkled so that seeds get enough moisture, Zee News report said further.
Now a Kalash is filled with Ganga jal or normal clean water. Then supari, a few currency coins, Akshat, which is made of raw rice mixed with turmeric powder and Durva grass are put in water. After this, five leaves of the mango tree are put around the neck of the Kalash, which is then covered by placing a coconut. According to the report, some devotees also put raw rice, coins, dried turmeric fruit and kumkum in the Kalash instead of water.
The Kalash is then put in the middle of the pan along with Navadhanya and mud. Soon after a Haldi-kumkum tika is also put on Kalash. Devotees can also cover the Kalash with a coloured cloth and put a garland on it. After the Ghat is ready, it is put in a wooden platform in a place of worship. After invoking Goddess Durga, Panchopachara Puja is performed, added Zee News.