Surya Grahan, Gupt Navratri Begins Today

Read Eclipse predictions, Gupt Navratri puja rituals! The second Solar Eclipse of 2018 is occuring today, i.e. on 13th July. Know the significance of Ashadh Gupt Navratri which is also beginning from today.

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Ashadh Gupt Navratri begins from today, i.e. 13th July 2018 and will end on 21st July 2018. It is also known as Gayatri Navratri. Today, the second Solar Eclipse of the year is also occurring. As this Solar Eclipse will not be visible in India, therefore, its Sutak (inauspicious time period) and religious significance will not be recognised here.

Solar Eclipse - 13 July 2018
TimeDurationVisibility
From morning 07:18:23 AM to 09:43:44 AM2 hours and 25 minutesSouth Australia, Pacific, Indian Ocean



According to Hindu Calendar, Gupt Navratri starts from the first date (Prathama Tithi) of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashadh. In Hinduism, four kinds of Navratri are celebrated every year. Among them, Chaitra and Sharad Navratri are known to be the Gupt Navratris of Paush and Ashadh months respectively. Chaitra and Sharad Navratri are celebrated with more glee and excitement. Gupt Navratri is known to be highly fruitful regarding Tantra practices and activities. Goddess Kali is worshipped during Gupt Navratri. As the rituals carried out for tantra practices are difficult to conduct, hence, it is called as Gupt Navratri.

Ashadh Gupt Navratri 2018 Muhurat
Ghatasthapana Muhurat8:17 AM to 10:09 AM
Duration1 Hour 52 Minutes

Note: The muhurat for installing a pot (Ghatasthapana) will be during Amavasya. Also, Pratipada (first tithi) will begin after 8:19 AM in the morning. Find out the panchang for your city to know about Ghatasthapana.

Rituals for Ghatasthapana


  • Keep seven types of cereals (Sapt Dhaanya) in a clay pot.
  • Now fill the water in an urn (kalash), tie a sacred thread (kalawa) around its neck and keep it on a clay vessel.
  • Now place Ashok or Mango leaves on top of the kalash.
  • Now wrap the coconut using the thread (kalawa).
  • After that, wrap the coconut in a red cloth and place it between the leaves on top of the urn.
  • After finishing the urn installation, one should remember the Goddess.

Possible Yogas on Ashadh Gupt Navratri


Gupt Navratri will begin during Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga and it will end on 21st July in this yoga only. This yoga is considered to be auspicious and fruitful, so, one attains beneficial results by worshipping Goddess Shakti during this auspicious period.

Importance Of Gupt Navratri


Like usual Navratri, nine forms of Goddess are worshipped and fast is performed during Ashadh Gupt Navratri. Special rituals are carried out to gain tantric accomplishments during this Navratri. Family men and household seekers must recite Durga Saptashati during these nine days of Gupt Navratri. With its influence, one attains wealth and prosperity in the household and family.

What To Avoid During Gupt Navratri


  • During these nine days, natives who worship the Goddess should not wear black-colored clothes.
  • During the Gupta Navratri, devotees who fast and perform rituals should not sleep during the day.
  • On this festival when Goddess Aradhana is worshipped, no one should insult any woman.
  • Hair and nails should not be cut during these nine days.
  • Onions, garlic, meat and alcohol should not be consumed in this period.

Just like Chaitra and Sharad Navratri, Ashadh Gupt Navratri is also very important. This is the auspicious occasion to worship Goddess Shakti for nine days and seek their blessings.

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