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Query from: Sharona, SA, 09/30/08
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: NAvaratri fast

I am doing Navratri Fasting for the first time - Please tell me what to do and what MAntras should be chanted when offering Jal.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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The Navratri is observed during the nine days period from, pratipada (1st tithi) to Navami (9th tithi) of the bright fortnight of the month of Ashwin (September-October). During this period Goddess Durga, the embodiment of might and maternal care, is worshipped with almost devotion. The legend is that two demons Shumbh and Nishumbh, became so powerful that their atrocities made the gods leave their seats of power and flee for life. With no solution in sight all the gods got together and prayed to the primordial power to save them. They continued to worship & prayer for nine days, where on the primordial power (Aadi Shakti) appeared in the form of Durga and took upon herself the combined might of all the gods and annihilated the demons. As such it is the worship of divine force to overcome evil forces. During the nine days period, fasting and austere living is adopted. Mother goddess is worshipped with devotion. Devotees concentrate their worship on the idols or photos of Mother Gayatri as well and perform "Laghu anushthaan". On the concluding day, the Goddess is given devotional adieu, beseeching to visit again next year. It is believed that the Pooja and Anushthaan performed in this duration is highly propitious, to get over the evil forces and to sail safe through the turbulent life. The Navratri fast is observed from the first day to the ninth day of Ashvin month. People take bath in the morning and evening during this period and some even drink water only after the ritual bath in the morning.

Most devotees take only a single meal during the day. Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided. Some people confine to milk and fruits during the nine days.

Some devotees only observe fast during three days i.e., first fast during any one of the first three days and second fast during any one of the next three and last in any one of final three days.

A Kalash is prepared at home and the water is changed daily for nine days. The kalash is placed on grains on raised platform or in the Puja room. Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the next three days, and Goddess Saraswathi during the last three days. (Some people make clay figures of the Goddesses during the period).

Each day fresh flowers and fruits are offered to the Goddess. Arati is performed and bhajans are recited.

The Mantras and Bhajans to be recited

Devi Mahatmya (Durga Saptashati) and Sri Lalita Sahasranama are recited during the period. The important Navratri mantra is ‘Aaim hreem kleem chamundayai vichche.’

Some devotees conduct special homas and pujas during the period.

On the ninth day, all books, pen and whatever implements that a person uses for his/her livelihood is worshipped and is not touched on the day.

On the tenth day, that is the Vijayadashami day in South India, especially in Kerala, young children are initiated into the world of learning.

There are no hard and fast rules for any fasting in Hindu religion. There is always scope for flexibility. Some people just abstain from non-vegetarian food during the period. Some people just visit temples all the nine days. Some people read Bhagavad Gita or other holy books during the period. http://www.hindu-blog.com… This Navarathri is also known as Sharad Navratra. September 30th – Navratri, Festival of Nine Nights begin. October 5th – Durga Puja Begins - Durga Sashti puja. October 6th, 2008 – Maha Saptami Puja/ Saraswati Avahan Puja in some parts in North India October 7th – Durga Ashtami Puja. October 8th, 2008 – Navratri Ends. Mahanavami Puja/ Saraswathi Puja and Ayudha Pooja in South India October 9th – Vijaya Dashami and Dusshera

Rituals and pujas are meant for concentration and to know Brahman. For the North Indian 'vrat', they take fruits and milk all day . But like only for Lunch. 1 time. Not keep on eating is fast. just fruit juices on an empty tummy is bad for health; acidic. May upset. So milk is allowed and better.

After sunset you can take potato curry cooked simply. Boiled potatoes. Just a simple seasoning in oil with turmeric, salt and coriander powder only. Goes with simple puris . No whole wheat. 'Kuttu' is used. Kuttu may be available in some stores. You can take maida / flour and make puris. With this they have halwa made with Singara ke atta instead of suji/semolina. Or Kheer with makhana.normally people take fruits in day time and evening they enjoy with some light foods (made by non-grain items that locally known as wheat of Kattu and Singhada ,Rice of Samak ), potato chips without salt, sago items ,ladoo of chaulai etc . To wind up i can say that different people fast in different ways so please go ahead and tweak this kadi in anyway to suit you.

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Response from: Anu Babu,   
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Hi Sharona, Navratri Vrat or Navaratri Vratam is an important fast observed by Hindus during Ashvin (September – October). It is believed that those devotees who perform Navratri fasting will find happiness on earth and will receive ‘moksha.’ Legend has it that, how to observe the Navarathri Vrat was once narrated by Goddess Durga to one of her ardent devotee. The Vratam is observed by both men and women and Navratri mantra is repeated during the period.

Navratri Fast

The Navratri fast is observed from the first day to the ninth day of Ashvin month. People take bath in the morning and evening during this period and some even drink water only after the ritual bath in the morning.

Most devotees take only a single meal during the day. Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided. Some people confine to milk and fruits during the nine days.

Some devotees only observe fast during three days i.e., first fast during any one of the first three days and second fast during any one of the next three and last in any one of final three days.

How to perform the rituals?

A Kalash is prepared at home and the water is changed daily for nine days. The kalash is placed on grains on raised platform or in the Puja room. Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the next three days, and Goddess Saraswathi during the last three days. (Some people make clay figures of the Goddesses during the period).

Each day fresh flowers and fruits are offered to the Goddess. Arati is performed and bhajans are recited.

The Mantras and Bhajans to be recited

Devi Mahatmya (Durga Saptashati) and Sri Lalita Sahasranama are recited during the period. The important Navratri mantra is ‘Aaim hreem kleem chamundayai vichche.’

Some devotees conduct special homas and pujas during the period.

On the ninth day, all books, pen and whatever implements that a person uses for his/her livelihood is worshipped and is not touched on the day.

On the tenth day, that is the Vijayadashami day in South India, especially in Kerala, young children are initiated into the world of learning.

There are no hard and fast rules for any fasting in Hindu religion. There is always scope for flexibility. Some people just abstain from non-vegetarian food during the period. Some people just visit temples all the nine days. Some people read Bhagavad Gita or other holy books during the period.

How to Do or Perform Navratri Puja – The South Indian Way of Observing Navaratri

Navratri, the nine-night festival, honors Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswathi in South India. It is known as Bommla Koluvu in Andhra Pradesh and Navarathri in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Navratri is observed as Dusshera in Karnataka, where it is observed for ten days. The main event during Navrathri in South India is the display of dolls and idols – Kolu and the placing of Kalash, which represents Goddess. Navratri in 2008 begins on September 30.

Navratri puja might seem a huge complicated event for many. You can always perform a simple puja by worshipping the Goddess on nine days by lighting a lamp and offering a fruit as prasadam. Rituals are not important but devotion is important.

Here is a step by step method on how to perform Navratri Puja.

Getting Ready * Get the house cleaned and ready. You are inviting Goddess into the home. Usually this is done on the Amavasi day, a day before the beginning of Navratri. * Mango leaf festoons are installed on doors, windows and in puja room. Fresh Kolams are drawn. * If you are keeping Kolu, get all the Kolu dolls ready. Repair broken pieces and use natural colors to paint them. * Decide upon the Bommai Kolu Theme. * Plan early about the pooja prasadam (neivedya) and also about the gifts that you plan to give to women guests.

Requirements for Navratri Puja: * If you are keeping Kolu dolls, purchase new dolls at least a couple of new ones. The most important doll needed is the Marapachi dolls (Male and Female pair of dolls). * A pot for Kalasha or Kumbha (brass pot) * Face of Goddess to be stuck on Kalasha. Some people do not opt for this. * Sweets * Ingredients of the Prasadam to be prepared (this depends on what neivediya you are preparing) * Betel leaves * Betel nuts * Bananas * Coconut * Usual fruits * Usual pooja items like lamp, incense, agarbathis etc. * Lotus flower for Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. Jasmine for Durga. Avoid wild flowers.

If you are giving gifts to women invited for Navratri Pooja, then the bag should contain betel leaves, betel nuts, a pair of round turmeric roots, a coconut, fruits, sweets, flowers, a small gift. You can also include cosmetics like eye kohl, kumkuma, bangles, comb etc.

A day before Navratri Puja: Navaratri Puja begins on the Bhadrapada Amavasi day or Puratasi Amavasai day, a day before Navratri begins. All arrangements are done on this day. In some communities male members perform Tarpan or Shardham dedicated to dead ancestors in the morning. * In the evening, Kalasha or Purna Kumbha is prepared. This is an invitation to Goddess to enter your home. * Purna Kumba or Kalash is kept on a kolam in such a place that there is space behind to keep the Bommai Kolu. You can attach a face of Goddess to the Purna Kumbha and decorate the Kumbha with jewelry, turmeric, sandal paste, flowers etc. * Those who do not keep Kolu, keep the Kalash in the Pooja room. * Betel leaves, Betel nuts, a coconut is placed in front of the Kalasha. Cooked rice or boiled and sweetened milk is kept as prasadam or neivedya in front of the Kalasha. * This Kalasha is to be kept for next nine days – it symbolizes Goddess. * A lamp is lit every evening and morning for nine days. * Normal puja is performed.

Arranging the Bommai Kolu: Next you can start arranging the Kolu dolls. Some people keep Lord Ganesha on the first step. Others opt for the Marapachi dolls. How to arrange dolls can be found here in this article.

Navratri Puja Begins: Women perform all the pujas during Navratri. * You have already installed the Goddess in the form of Purna Kumbha. Light a lamp morning and evening on all nine days. * Elaborate pujas are conducted in the evening. * Other women are invited on any one of the evening. * The first three days is dedicated to Goddess Durga. * The next three days is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. * The final three days is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. * Fresh kolams are done on all nine days. * Shlokas that are recited on nine days include Durga Ashtotaram, Devi Mahatmiyam, Shyamala Dhandakam, Lakshmi Sahasranama, Lakshmi Ashototaram, Lalitha Sahasranama, Saraswathi Stotram, Saraswathi Ashototaram. * Sholakas are recited while performing the puja.

Sweets and neivedya prepared are shared with neighbors, relatives and friends.

A kannika (young girl) is invited and she is given lunch and new clothes on the first day.Some people do the Kannika Pooja it on all nine days. The lamp is diffused after the puja daily. The puja concludes on the ninth day

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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Sharona,

Please see http://www.hindu-blog.com/2007/10/h… to know how to perform Navaratri Fast

Navratri Vrat is an important fast observed by Hindus during Ashvin (September – October). It is believed that those devotees who perform Navratri fasting will find happiness on earth and will receive ‘moksha.’The Vrat is observed by both men and women and Navratri mantra is repeated during the period.

Navratri Fast : The Navratri fast is observed from the first day to the ninth day of Ashvin month. People take bath in the morning and evening during this period and some even drink water only after the ritual bath in the morning. Most devotees take only a single meal during the day. Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided. Some people confine to milk and fruits during the nine days. Some devotees only observe fast during three days i.e., first fast during any one of the first three days and second fast during any one of the next three and last in any one of final three days.

Please see http://www.ammas.com/a1/advisors/in… to know about Navaratri Recipes

During Fasting you can take fruits and milk for lunch. Not keeping on eating is fast. Don't take fruit juices on an empty stomach. It is bad for health; acidic. It may upset your stomach.So taking milk is better.

After sunset you can take potato curry cooked simply. Boiled potatoes. Just a simple seasoning in oil with turmeric, salt and coriander powder only.Goes with simple puris. Kuttu flour is used to make puris. Kuttu may be available in some stores. You can also take maida / flour and make puris.

You can also have halwa made with Singara ke atta instead of suji/semolina.

Or You can have Kheer with makhana.

Please see these links for Navaratri Recipes

http://www.indianfoodforever.com/ho…

http://www.indobase.com/recipes/cat…

http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2005/…

http://www.festivalsinindia.net/dus…

How to perform the rituals?

A Kalash is prepared at home and the water is changed daily for nine days.

Kalash is a coconut circled by mango leaves on a pot and is an important accompaniment in various rituals in Hindu religion. A kalasha when filled with water, rice or other grains is known as ‘Purnakumbha.’

The pot for the Kalash can be made of clay, brass or copper. Mango leaves are arranged in the mouth of the pot. A coconut – outer green covering removed – is placed over the mouth of the pot. The neck of the pot is tied with a white, yellow or red colored thread or cloth. Some people draw a swastika on the side of the pot.

The Kalash is placed on grains on raised platform or in the Puja room. Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days, Goddess Lakshmi for the next three days, and Goddess Saraswathi during the last three days. Each day fresh flowers and fruits are offered to the Goddess. Arati is performed and bhajans are recited.

The Mantras and Bhajans to be recited are :

Devi Mahatmya (Durga Saptashati) and Sri Lalita Sahasranama are recited during the period. The important Navratri mantra is ‘Aaim hreem kleem chamundayai vichche.’

Some devotees conduct special homas and pujas during the period.

On the ninth day, all books, pen and whatever implements that a person uses for his/her livelihood is worshipped and is not touched on the day.

On the tenth day, that is the Vijayadashami day in South India, young children are initiated into the world of learning.

There are no hard and fast rules for any fasting in Hindu religion. There is always scope for flexibility. Some people just abstain from non-vegetarian food during the period. Some people just visit temples all the nine days. Some people read Bhagavad Gita or other holy books during the period.

Navratri puja :

You can always perform a simple puja by worshipping the Goddess on nine days by lighting a lamp and offering a fruit as prasadam. Rituals are not important but devotion is important.

Here is a step by step method on how to perform Navratri Puja.

Getting Ready : Get the house cleaned and ready. You are inviting Goddess into the home. Usually this is done on the Amavasi day, a day before the beginning of Navratri.

Mango leaf festoons are installed on doors, windows and in puja room. Fresh Kolams are drawn. Plan early about the pooja prasadam (neivedya) and also about the gifts that you plan to give to women guests.

Requirements for Navratri Puja

A pot for Kalash (brass pot), Sweets , Betel leaves , Betel nuts , Bananas , Coconut , Usual fruits , Usual pooja items like lamp, incense, agarbathis etc. , Ingredients of the Prasadam to be prepared (this depends on what neivediya you are preparing), Lotus flower for Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. Jasmine for Durga. Avoid wild flowers.

If you are giving gifts to women invited for Navratri Pooja, then the bag should contain betel leaves, betel nuts, a pair of round turmeric roots, a coconut, fruits, sweets, flowers, a small gift.

A day before Navratri Puja : Navaratri Puja begins on the Bhadrapada Amavasi day or Puratasi Amavasai day, a day before Navratri begins. All arrangements are done on this day.

In the evening Kalash is prepared. This is an invitation to Goddess to enter your home. Keep the Kalash in the Puja room. You can decorate the Kalash with Turmeric, sandal paste, flowers etc.

Betel leaves, Betel nuts, a coconut is placed in front of the Kalash. Cooked rice or boiled and sweetened milk is kept as prasadam or neivedya in front of the Kalash.

This Kalash is to be kept for next nine days – it symbolizes Goddess.

A lamp is lit every evening and morning for nine days. Normal puja is performed.

Navratri Puja Begins : Women perform all the pujas during Navratri.

You have already installed the Goddess in the form of Purna Kumbha. Light a lamp morning and evening on all nine days.Elaborate pujas are conducted in the evening. Other women are invited on any one of the evening.

The first three days is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The next three days is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.

The final three days is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi.

Fresh kolams are done on all nine days.

Slokas that are recited on nine days include Durga Ashtotaram, Devi Mahatmiyam, Shyamala Dhandakam, Lakshmi Sahasranama, Lakshmi Ashototaram, Lalitha Sahasranama, Saraswathi Stotram, Saraswathi Ashototaram.

Slokas are recited while performing the puja.

Sweets and neivedya prepared are shared with neighbors, relatives and friends.

A kannika (young girl) is invited and she is given lunch and new clothes on the first day. Some people do the Kannika Pooja it on all nine days.

The lamp is diffused after the puja daily.

The puja concludes on the ninth day evening.

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Response from: P RAMACHANDRAN,   
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DAILY YOU CAN READ LALITHA SAHASRANAAMAM,LALITHAMBAL SOBHANAM,DEVIMAAHAATMIAM IF YOU ARE READING DEVI MAAHAATMIAM, Chapter 1 (Madhu kaitabha samhaara) is to be read for 1st day, Chapter 2, 3 and 4 (Mahishhasura samhaara) to be read on 2nd day, Chapter 5 and 6 (Dhuumralochana vadha) on the 3rd day, Chapter 7 (Chanda Munda vadha) on 4th day, Chapter 8 (Rakta biija samhaara) on 5th day, Chapter 9 and 10 (Shumbha Nishumbha vadha) on 6th day, Chapter 11(Praise of Narayani) on 7th day, Chapter 12 (Phalastuti) on 8th day, Chapter 13 (Blessings to Suratha and the Merchant)on 9th day Chapter 14 (Aparadha Kshamaprarthana) on 10th day FOR YOU,DEVIMAHAATMYAM IS ATTACHED

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