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Query from: Anonymous, Unknown, 09/16/09
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: pooja during dasara

what is the procedure for navarathi festival should we start the pooja on the anvase day or the next day as per south india tradation

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The nine-day festival of Navaratri is dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga. Navratri 2009 dates are from September 19 to September 27, 2009.

Here are the dates of Navratri in 2009

Ghatsthapana– Navratri Day 1 – September 19,2009

Navratri Day 2 – September 20, 2009

Navratri Day 3 – September 21, 2009

Navratri Day 4 – September 22, 2009

Navratri Day 5 – September 23, 2009 - Lalitha Panchami

Navratri Day 6 – September 24, 2009

Navratri Day 7 – September 25, 2009 – Saraswathi Avahan

Navratri Day 8 – September 26, 2009 – Saraswathi Puja – Mahashtami

Navratri Day 9 – September 27, 2009 – Saraswathi Puja ends – Mahanavami

The tenth day is celebrated as Dasara or Vijaya Dashami - Saraswathi Balidan

In South India, Goddess Durga is worshipped during the first three days.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during the next three days

Goddess Saraswathi is worshipped during the last three 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 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)

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 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 the evening, Kalasha or Purna Kumbha is prepared. This is an invitation to Goddess to enter your home.

Kalasha 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 Kalasha can be made of clay, brass or copper. Nowadays various designer types of pots are used as Kalasha.

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. Depending on their artistic skill, some people draw various designs using natural products.

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 (http://www.hindu-blog.com/2007/10/n…)

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.

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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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 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 evening.

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Response from: Deepthi R SenGupta,   
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Navaratri is a 9 day ritual signifying the war and the defeat of the demon Mahishasur by Goddesses Durga. It is believed that the battle lasted for 9 days; Devi taking a different Avathar each day and finally defeats him by the 10th day: celebrated as Vijaya Dasami. It is also said that this Navaratri emphasizes defeat and abolition of the Asura: evil demon within us. The celebrations start from Padyami (the day after Amavasya) and culminates on Dasami. The goddesses is worshiped in her progressive avathars taking the form of a young girl to a powerful deity across 9 days and 10th day marks the great defeat. Devi avataras on each day are - Day 1: Bala Tripurasundari Day 2: Gayatri Devi Day 3: Maha Lakshmi Day 4: Annapurna Devi Day 5: Lalitha Tripurasundari Day 6: Mangala Gouri Day 7: Sarawathi Day 8: Durga Day 9: Mahishasura Mardini Day 10: Rajarajeshwari (Vijaya Durga) Each day, special Pooja for the governing deity is performed and different variants of rice based Prasadam/Bhog is offered to the Goddesses (like Pulagam, Pala Paravannam, Sweet Pongal, Ravva Kesari, Kheer, Kobbari Annam, Pulihara, Chitrannam, Daddojanam, etc.) Across all the Pooja days recitation of Lalitha Shastranamam and Manhisha Suramardani shotram is practiced along with the governing deities slokas. It is a very colorful, festive and energetic event;Usually the day passes by with Pooja activities and in the evenings its community affair or a sathsang; where dance, music, bhajans, etc… spark up the festival.

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Response from: chandrasekharan krishnamurti,   
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No Vedic Mantra is to be uttered on the "Pratipada"/Prathama day, the first day after full moon or new moon, So these are called "anadhyayana" days. Since every pooja was with vedic mantras in times of yore, commencement of anything auspicious was shunned on this day. If you are installing "Kalash" with nine days pooja either Vedic or Tantric or reciting Durga Saptashati, then these should be done in the forenoon of Amavasya day the September 18th 2009. If anyone in the family is performing "Pitr Tarpan", then, after the Tarpan but before taking the daytime meals. If you are having the "loukika pooja" of "kolu/Golu", the dolls'court, and inviting people in the evenings, with minimal pooja, then one idol at least, preferably Ganapati, to be installed on the step, on Amavasya day, in he forenoon, followed by light and Naivedyam, in the evening. All other dolls can be placed at convenient time on either day but before comencing the first pooja in the evening of "Prathama".

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Response from: Nitin Dixit,   
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This year as per Kanakadurga temple,vijayawada the following are the alankarams of Goddess and dates. Please go thro it.

19th Sep Saturday Durga devi 20th Sep Sunday Balatripura sundari 21st Sep Monday Gayatri devi 22nd Sep Tuesday Annapoorna devi 23rd Sep Wednesday Lalitha Tripura Sundari 24th Sep Thursday Mahalakshmi 25th Sep Friday Saraswathi 26th Sep Saturday Durga Devi 27th Sep Sunday mahishasura mardhani 28th Sep Monday Raja Rajeswari Devi

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navrat…
The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Sarasvati. In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship.

In South India, Sarasvati pooja is performed on the 7th day. Eight day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal. The 9th day is Ayudha Pooja when everyone gives their tools of the trade -- pens, machinery, books, automobiles, school work, etc. a rest and ritually worships them. They start a fresh from the next day, the 10th day which is considered as 'Vijaya Dashami'. Many teachers/Schools in south India start teaching Kindergarten children from that day onwards. Students also pay homage to their respective teachers as they are considered the third god (Maathaa, Pitha, Guru, Daivam - Mother, Father, Teacher & God). On this tenth day of Navratri in October - the holiday of Dussehra or Dasara, an effigy of Ravana is burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil.

During Navratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and prosperity. A period of introspection and purification, Navratri is traditionally an auspicious and religious time for starting new ventures.

During this vowed religious observance, a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) at a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi. During Navratri, the principle of Sree Durgadevi is more active in the atmosphere.

Navratri is celebrated in a large number of Indian communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshipped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navrat…

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Response from: sambasivan s,   
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HALLO !

As per our practices, we use to exhibit dolls on amavasya day and of course go for inviting people to our house from the next day. On the ninth day one of the dolls will be put on sleeping position. On the next day dolls will be removed.

During navarathri decorations are done with light, parks, swimming pool, cricket ground etc. depeding on one's capacity and space available. Friends and relatives are invited normally in the evenings and sundal and other gifts are given.

In mylapore Chennai - /giri Trading agency gives all the items that are used during these days. It is a custom developed to keep in touch with people.

In North India of course durga puja, ramleela are celebrated in pandals wherein people throng in numbers to see and worship.

Best wishes Happy Navarathri

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Response from: Thevy Muniandy,   
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Usually, south Indian wud have Golu, statues and doll are place in odd steps. On Amavasai, Kalasam (Pot of Water with a Coconut on it) is prepared and placed in front of the Golu in the Evening and light a ghee lamp. Hence, The Navarathiri Pooja starts.The start of the Pooja have to be with a Ganapati Prayers, Followed by Ambal's Mantras,Songs,Should end with Mahisasura Mardhini Stotras. On Dasami Day, after the prayers, The Kalasam will be moved to North and one of the doll will be put to sleep, indicating, the end of the Pooja. Lalitha Saharsanamam n Soundaryalahari wud be best recite during these 9 days.

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Response from: asmita somanchi,   
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hi! i think you want to knwo whether when we can star pooja?

after amavasya first day is the first day of the pooja, not on amavasya day

this year its on 19th september.09 good luck!

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Response from: Shobha Mohan,   
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In Kerala, Navarathri pooja this year is on the 26th, 27th and 28th of September. It is ashtami, navami and dashami days.

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Response from: charu sharma,   
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you should start pooja on vary fist navratra, in the moring after taking bath (including headbath) you shud start pooja by offering a red chunri to durga marta and by keeping a nariyal in ur temple, take some fruits and sweets to offer durga mata, later on distribute those as prashad, in pooja light up the deepak and read Durga saptshati as per your strenght , than do durga arti with the deepak , and distribute the prashad in friends and family.

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Response from: hema v,   
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You can keep the golu on amavasai day and start puja from the next day.

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On the Ammavase Day you have to Build the Kolu for the Navratri Festival And from the next day you can start workshipping till the 9th Day,,,

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Response from: rathindra bharati,   
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You should start Navaratri after the next day of Amabasya.

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