Navratri festival is considered very special for the people of the Hindu religion. This time this festival started on 22 March. According to Panchang, Chaitra Navratri starts every year from the Pratipada date of Chaitra Shukla Paksha. It is said that the person who fasts during this time and worships Maa Ambe with a true heart, all his sorrows go away. It is considered necessary for those observing Navratri fast to read this epic story.
Once Brihaspati ji asked Brahma ji what is the reason for fasting and celebrating the Navratra of Shukla paksha of Chaitra and Ashwin month. What is the result of this fast, and how should it be done? Who observed this fast first?
Answering Brihaspatiji’s question, Brahmaji said – O Brihaspati! You have asked a very good question about the welfare of living beings. Those people who meditate on Durga, Mahadev, Surya, and Narayan who fulfill their wishes, become blessed. Navratri fasting is considered to fulfill all wishes.
By observing this fast, the disease of a sick person is eradicated. All kinds of sufferings of a man go away and there is happiness and prosperity in the house and the childless couple gets a son. This Navratri fast gets rid of all sins and by doing it the desire of the mind is fulfilled.
According to Brahmaji, a person who does not observe Navratri fast, must suffer many sorrows in life and suffers from pain and disease, he becomes crippled and remains devoid of wealth and grains, roaming around distraught with hunger and thirst and becoming insensitive. If the fasting person is not able to fast for the whole day, then he can keep this fast even after eating once and for ten days, the story of the Navratri fast is narrated along with the relatives.
Brahma ji continued with his story. In ancient times, an orphan Brahmin named Peethat lived in Manohar Nagar. He was a great devotee of Bhagwati Durga. A very beautiful girl named Sumati was born to him. Every day, whenever her father used to worship Maa Durga at home, that girl used to be present there.
One day Sumati was playing with her friends and did not attend the worship of Maa Bhagwati. Her father got angry with the daughter and scolded his daughter, “Oh wicked daughter! Today you did not worship Bhagwati, that is why I will marry you with a leprosy patient or a poor man.”
Sumati was very sad after listening to her father and started saying to her father – “O father! I am your daughter; do as you wish. Marry me with a king, a wrestler, a poor man, or with whomever you want, but whatever is written in my fate will happen. I firmly believe that the results are a consequence of one’s karma and are under the control of man, but results are under the control of God.
Hearing the fearlessly spoken words of the girl, her father got even angrier. The father got his daughter married to a wrestler and got very angry and said to the daughter, now enjoy the fruits of your deeds, let us see what you do by relying on luck.
Seeing the condition of that girl, Goddess Bhagwati appeared and she said to Sumati – O Dear Brahmini I am happy with you; you can ask for whatever you want. Hearing this word of Bhagwati Durga, the girl said – Who are you? Devi said I am Adi Shakti Bhagwati and I am Brahmavidya and Saraswati. Hey Brahmini! I am pleased with the effect of the virtue of your previous birth on you.
Let me tell you the story of your previous birth, listen! You were the wife of Nishad (Bhil) in your previous birth and were extremely devoted. One day your husband committed theft. The soldiers caught both of you for stealing and took you to jail. They did not even give food to you and your husband.
In this way, during the days of Navratri, you neither ate anything nor drank water, because of which you fasted for nine days, unknowingly. Hey Brahmini! Pleased with the effect of the fast observed in those days, I give you the desired boon, ask whatever you wish.
In this way, listening to the words of Maa Durga, the Brahmini said – I bow down to you, please remove my husband’s leprosy. The Goddess said – Offer one day of the virtue of the fast you observed in those days to cure the leprosy of your husband, with the effect of that virtue your husband will be free from leprosy.
In this way, Brahmini was very happy after hearing the words of the goddess and her husband’s body became very radiant after being free from leprosy by the grace of Goddess Durga.
Seeing the beautiful body of the Brahmin husband, she started praising the goddess and said to the mother you are the remover of misery, the one who removes the anger of the three worlds, the one who removes all the sorrows, the one who heals the sick and the one who destroys the wicked. You are the mother of the world who destroys.
The goddess was very happy after listening to that Brahmini and said – O Brahmini! A very intelligent, wealthy, famous, and endowed son named Udalaya will soon be born to you. By giving such a boon, the goddess again said to the girl, ask for whatever you want. Brahmini said, if you are happy with me, then please describe to me the method of Navratri fast and its results in detail.
Mother Durga said – O Brahmin! Let me tell you the method of Navratri fasting which removes all sins, listening to which leads to salvation – fast for nine days in Navratri. If you cannot fast for the whole day, then have one meal at a time. Set up a ghat after asking learned Brahmins and make a garden and irrigate it with water daily.
Install the idols of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati Devi and worship them according to the rituals, and offer Arghya with flowers. By giving Arghya from the fruit of Bijaura, one gets form. By offering Arghya with nutmeg, fame is achieved, by offering Arghya with grapes, one gets success, by offering Arghya with Amla, one gets happiness and by offering Arghya with Banana, one gets ornaments.
In this way, after offering Arghya with flowers and fruits, on the ninth day, after the end of the fast, perform the Vidhi Vidhaan Havan. Perform Havan with sugarcane, coconut, ghee, wheat, honey, barley, sesame, bilva (vine), grapes and kadamba, etc. Lakshmi is attained by doing home with wheat, money is attained by Kheer and Champa flowers, and fast and happiness is attained by bel leaves.
Amla gives fame, a banana gives offspring, a lotus gives royal honor and grapes give wealth. By doing home with sugar, ghee, coconut, honey, barley and sesame, and fruits, the desired thing is achieved.
The person observing the fast should perform the homa according to this method and pay obeisance to the Acharya with great humility and give him Dakshina for the accomplishment of the Yagya. The person who fasts according to the method mentioned in this way, all his wishes are fulfilled, there is no doubt about it.
Whatever charity etc. is given in these nine days, returns manyfold. By observing this Navratri fast, you get the result of Ashwamedha Yagya. Hey Brahmini! Do this Uttam Vrat which fulfills all your wishes according to the method in pilgrimage, temple, or home.
Brahma ji said – O Brihaspati! In this way, after telling the method and result of the fast to the Brahmin, the goddess disappeared. The man or woman who observes this fast with devotion gets happiness in this world and finally attains rare salvation.
Oh, Brihaspati! This is the greatness of this rare fast that I have told you. Hearing this, Brihaspati ji became very happy and started saying to Brahmaji, O Brahmin! You have blessed me a lot by telling me the greatness of this Navratri fast. Brahma ji said O Brihaspati! This Goddess Bhagwati Shakti is going to follow all the worlds, who can know the effect of this Mahadevi, hail Goddess Bhagwati.
What is the scientific basis of Chaitra Navratri?
There is a scientific basis behind every Navratri. There are four periods of one year in the orbit of the Sun by the Earth. Out of which two main Navratras of the year fall in the round periods that fall in the months of March and September. Currently, there is a maximum possibility of germ attack.
Physical diseases often increase in seasonal treaties. Therefore, to stay healthy at that time, to keep the body pure, to keep the body and mind pure, the name of the process is ‘Navratri’.
From the night of Amavasya to Ashtami or from Padva to the afternoon of Navami, nine nights i.e., ‘Navratri’ is meaningful if the fast is followed according to the rules. Since the nights are counted here, it is called Navratra i.e., a group of nine nights.
Metaphorically, our body is said to have nine main doors and the life force that resides within it is called Durga Devi.
The festival of purification of nine gates is celebrated for nine days as a symbol of establishing discipline, cleanliness, and harmony in the main senses and keeping the body system functioning smoothly for the whole year. To give importance to them individually, the nine days are said to be for the nine Durgas.
Although we do purgation, cleaning, or purification daily to keep the body smooth, for complete internal cleaning of the organs, a cleaning campaign is conducted every 6 months, in which people are encouraged to follow the fast of the Satvik diet. Cleanliness of the body, pure mind in a clean body, good deeds with good thoughts, good character with good deeds, and respectively, the mind becomes pure, because only in a clean mind temple is the permanent abode of God’s power.
Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri are the main ones, in these also, Ashwin Navratri is very important for the devotee of Goddess. These are called Vasanti and Sharadiya Navratri respectively. They start on Chaitra and Ashwin Shukla Pratipada. This Pratipada ‘Sammukhi’ is auspicious.
Navratri comes four times a year. In which the Navratris of Chaitra and Ashwin have special significance. Vikram Samvat begins from Chaitra Navratri itself. These days a special kind of power emerges from nature. In order to imbibe this power, there is a ritual of worshiping Shakti Puja or Navadurga these days. In this, the nine powers of the mother are worshiped on different days. The Shailputri form of the mother is worshiped on the first day. From this day many people keep fast for nine days or two days.
Auspicious time according to Panchang for Ghatasthapana in Chaitra Navratri, known here
Navratri 2023 Ghatsthapana Muhurat: Chaitra Navratri is starting on 22 March 2023. This year there is only one auspicious time for setting up the urn. Let us know the Ghatasthapana time, method, and rules of Chaitra Navratri.
Chaitra Navratri 2023: The festival of Chaitra Navratri, which lasts for 9 days, is starting on 22 March 2023. It is said that for nine days the mother resides on earth among her devotees. The one who worships the nine forms of Goddess during Navratri with a true heart, all his wishes are fulfilled. On the first day of Chaitra Navratri, there is a ritual of Ghatasthapana in an auspicious time. Worshiping Maa Durga at auspicious times gives special results. This year there is only one auspicious time for setting up the urn. Let us know the Ghatasthapana time, method, and rules of Chaitra Navratri.
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Date (Chaitra Navratri 2023 Tithi)
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada date starts – March 21, 2023, 10.52 pm
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada date ends – 22 March 2023, 08.20 pm
Chaitra Navratri 2023 Ghatasthapana Muhurat (Chaitra Navratri 2023 Ghatsthapana Muhurat)
March 22, 2023, from 06.29 am to 07.39 am is the auspicious time for the establishment of the urn. Sadhak will get 01.10 minutes for Ghatasthapana. By doing Ghatasthapana on the first day of Chaitra Navratri, 9 days of worship become fruitful.
Importance of Ghatasthapana in Navratri (Navratri Ghatsthapana Significance)
By worshiping Maa Durga during Navratri, the person gets rid of every difficulty. In Puranas, the establishment of Kalash or Ghat is considered a symbol of happiness, prosperity, splendor, opulence, and auspicious wishes. It is believed that all the planets, constellations, pilgrimages, Tridev, rivers, and 33 crore deities reside in the Kalash. At the time of Navratri, the powers present in the universe are invoked in the ghat and they are put to work. This destroys all the harmful waves in the house and happiness, peace and prosperity remains in the house.
Method of Ghatasthapana in Chaitra Navratri (Chaitra Navratri Kalash Sthapana Vidhi)
- For Ghatasthapana, put the sacred soil of the field in an earthen pot at an auspicious time and sow seven types of grains in it. Sow barley also in an earthen pot.
- Sprinkle Ganga water in the northeast corner and clean it. Spread a red cloth on the Pooja Chowki and place a picture of Maa Durga on it.
- Now make a swastika with kumkum on a copper or clay urn and fill it with Ganges water or clean water and put a coin, intact betel nut, pair of cloves, durva grass in it. Tie Molly on the mouth of the Kalash and cover it with a lid.
- Tie red chunri on the coconut with molly. Put 5 mango leaves in the urn, fill the lid on the urn with rice, and keep this coconut in the middle of it.
- Now place the vessel containing barley and the urn on the right side of the photo of Maa Durga. Invoke Maa Durga after completing the Kalash Sthapana.
Ghatasthapana Mantra (Navratri Ghatsthapana Mantra)
Om Aa Jighra Kalashan Mahya Twa Vishantvindav:. Punarurja ni Vartasva sa na: Sahasran Dhukshvorudhara Payaswati Punarma Vishtadayi.
Mantra to keep coconut on Kalash
Om Ya: Phalinirya Afla Apushpa Yascha Pushpini. Brihaspatiprasutasta no munchantva hasah.
Mantra for sowing Saptadhan (7 types of grains)
Om Dhanyamasi Dhinuhhi Devan Pranaya Tyo Danay Twa Vyanaay Twa. Dirghimanu Prasitimayushe Dhan Devo Vah Savita Hiranyapani: Prati Gribhnatvachchidren Panina Chakshushe Twa Month Payoऽsi.