During the 9 day celebration of Navratri, Hindu devotees across India offer pooja and love the nine avatars of Durga. It is trusted, that Goddess Durga combat with evil presence Mahishasura and vanquished him. To praise her triumph and Mahishasura’s defeat, the celebration is set apart to worship the Goddess.
Navratri 2018 Pooja Vidhi, Muhurth, Mantra, Timings
The celebration is more popular and noticeably celebrated in the western states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal and the southern province of Karnataka.
On the first day of Navratri, Maa Durga is invoked into a Kalash with full Vedic ceremonies alongside chanting of mantras. The invocation and staying of the Goddess into the Kalash is known as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana which occurs at a holy time (Brahma muhrtham).
While in West Bengal, the most recent four long days of Navratri is commended with much pomp and enthusiasm and is known as Durga Puja. The Kalparambha and Bilva Nimantran amid Durga Puja, or, in other words, the 6th day of Navratri, is symbolically same as Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana in different states.
Jyoti Kalash, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Navami Homa, Lalitha Vrat and Chandi Path are different celebrated ceremonies and occasions which are seen amid the nine long days of Navratri.
As indicated by the sources, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta will start at 6:22 am and go ahead till 7:25 am, that is for a term of 1 hour and 2 minutes. The Pratipada Tithi starts at 9:16 am on October 9 and closures at 7:25 am, October 10.