Nine days worshipping of nine avatars of Goddess Durga beings today. Navratri is one of the most auspicious and sacred worships observed by Hindu devotees. It is called by various names though, it is famous as Durga Puja, Navratra, and Bhavani Puja. As occurs in the autumn season, it is also called Shardiya Navratri. On the first day named Pratipada, Ghatasthapana, or Kalash Sthapana is done, and the first avatar of Durga- Goddess Shailputri is worshipped. Kalash sthapana is described as placing the seat of Goddess Durga to worship her nine days.
According to the scriptures, Shailputri, who is also known as Parvati, Bhavani, and Hemavati, is the daughter of Lord Himalaya. She has a half-moon in her forehead and is holding the trident in her right hand and a lotus in the left. She sits on Nandi (bull).
On the first day, there is a celebration of the inception of Goddess Durga. The devotee observes it with flowers and rangoli. Many take fast or eat fruits and vrat food once in a day. In many places, devotee celebrates it with Garba dance and colorful lights. However, this year, Covid-19 hampered the celebration, and the worshipping is done with safety precautions.
First Day of Navratri, Shailputri Puja (Muhurat)
- ‘Ghatasthapana’: Saturday, October 17
- ‘Ghatasthapana’ Muhurat: 6.23 AM to 10.12 AM
- ‘Ghatasthapana’ Abhijit Muhurat’: 11:43 AM to 12:29 PM.
Shailputri Puja is done immediately after Kalash asthapana with the mantra, “a Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Shailaputri Rupena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah.”