Chaitra Navratri 2021 is round the corner as people can be seen already preparing for the 9-days long festival. While amongst the haul, people must be aware of the perfect timings for Ashtami puja and the Navami Puja, auspicious time for havan, Puja vidhi and Kanya Pujan.
So, this article will further inform you about these topics irrespective of you being known of these facts or not.
However, before starting with this, it must be informed that the Chaitra Navratri is a 9 days long festival that celebrates and worships 9 different incarnations (avatars) of Goddess Durga and signifies the victory of good over evil. It is usually celebrated in the months of March- April every year. Though there are four Navratri festivals in a year, only two of them are celebrated with much enthusiasm and zeal as these are considered more auspicious. Chaitra Navratri marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and the Spring season.
The Chaitra Navratri 2021 (March-April) celebrations will commence from 13th April 2021 and will continue until 21st April 2021. The festival witnesses 7 or 8 days of fasting, and as per the Hindu believes and mythology, having light food is recommended during these days. Moreover, the usage of onion and garlic in food is also avoided.
On the eighth and ninth day of the Chaitra Navratri, Ashtami and Navmi Pujan respectively takes place in different parts of the country and also abroad. Moving forward, we will know more about what is Kanya Pujan, and how is it conducted and other important dates and details.
During the Chaitra Navratri 2021, the Ashtami Puja will be conducted on 20th April 2021. While the perfect Muhurats for the Ashtami prayer for 2021 are mentioned below.
Brahma Muhurat: 20th April 2021, 4:11 AM until 21st April, 4:55 AM
Abhijeet Muhurat: 20th April 2021, 11:42 AM until 12:33 PM
Godhuli Muhurat: 20th April 2021, 6:26 PM until 6:46 PM
Vijay Muhurat: 20th April 2021, 2:17 PM until 3:08 PM
Amrit Kaal: 20th April 2021, midnight 1:17 AM until 21st April, 2:58 AM
During the Chaitra Navratri 2021, the Navami Puja will be conducted on 21st April 2021. While the perfect Muhurats for the Navami prayer for 2021 are mentioned below.
Brahma Muhurat: 21st April 2021, 4:10 AM until 21st April, 4:54 AM
Nishita Muhurat: 21st April 2021, 11:425 PM until 22nd April 12:29 AM
Godhuli Muhurat: 21st April 2021, 6:22 PM until 6:46 PM
Vijay Muhurat: 21st April 2021, 2:17 PM until 3:09 PM
Ravi Yog Muhurat: 21st April 2021, evening 7:59 PM until 22nd April, 5:39 PM
To conduct Hawan and Puja on Ram Navami i.e., 21st April 2021, the auspicious time or Shubh Muhurat starts from 11:02 AM until 1:38 PM.
Kanya Pujan is a holy ritual that is usually witnessed on the conclusive days of the Navratri festival i.e., the eighth and the ninth day is known as Ashtami and Navami respectively. The ceremony of Kanya Pujan chiefly involves worshipping nine girls, which is believed to having being representing the nine forms of the Goddess Durga (Navdurga).
While the Hindu beliefs say that these girls are considered as the manifestation of the natural force of creation. While the epic has it that on the ninth day of Navratri, Shakti took the form of goddess Durga, on the request of devas to kill the demon Kalasura.
During the Kanya puja, a custom to wash the feet of the nine young girls as a token of respect for the goddess Durga then offers food and new clothes as gifts by the devotees. The Kanya Puja as a part of Devi worship is done to recognise the feminine power bestowed to the girl child.
The pooja vidhi for Chaitra Navratri 2021 goes as follows:
Before initiating the puja, pray to Vighnaharta Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings for a smooth and obstacle-free Navratri vrat. Now, pray to Goddess Durga by chanting particular mantras. For example, considering Navratri Day 1, chant mantras dedicated to Goddess Shailputri.
The puja vidhi will remain the same, but the mantras and the bhog shall differ for all nine days considering each of the nine forms of the goddess Durga.
Perform the Panchopchara puja including offerings such as Gandham, Pushpam, Deepam, Sugandham and Naivedyam (bhog).
Also, offer shringar (makeup/cosmetic) items such as sindoor, Mehandi, Kajal, bindi, toe ring, bangles, comb, aalta, mirror, anklets, perfume, earrings, nose pin, necklace, red chunri, mahavar, hairpins, etc.
Now, worship the goddess and offer bhog ( which will be different for each of nine forms of goddess Durga).
In the end, conclude the pooja by singing the Aarti and offer your greetings and respect to her by lighting the camphor.
Once the pooja is done, distribute the Prashad.