Friday, April 12, 2019

Ashtami and Ram Navami Puja Muhurat

Ashtami and Navami occurring on the same day! Learn how you can appease Goddess Durga through Kanya Pujan, and discover the religious rituals and worshipping methods for Ram Navami.

This Chaitra Navratri, Ashtami and Navami are falling on 13 and 14 April 2019, which means that there will be some doubts over the puja to be done on both auspicious days. Since Saptami is confluencing with Ashtami this year, all religious rites for Ashtami and Navami are to be done on Saturday and Sunday.

Significance of Ashtami and Navami During Navratri

As per the Hindu Dharmashastra, on the eighth and ninth days of Navratri we worship Goddess Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri, respectively. Maa Mahagauri is very compassionate and fulfills all the wishes of any devotee who worships her with all the proper rituals. In addition to that, Goddess Siddhidatri blesses her true devotees with spiritual power and good virtues, and destroys all evil. 

Read: The magnificence and Mantras of Goddess Siddhidatri and Maa Mahagauri

Ashtami and Navami Pujan

The worship (pujan) on eighth and ninth days of Navratri have special significance because the 9-days Navratri festival concludes only after the main prayers are done on these days. The rituals performed on Ashtami and Navami should be as per our family traditions, which are usually different for every household. Therefore, we must worship Goddess Gauri, as per our ancestral traditions while taking these values forward. 

Method of Ashtami and Navami Kanya Pujan

Time and again, people have been confused over the Ashtami and Navami dates during Navratri, due to which, they are often unable to complete their rituals during the auspicious muhurat. Therefore, to bring a stop to such confusions, we will be discussing these important details in this blog. There seems to be doubts over the occurrence of the eighth, ninth, and tenth days of Navratri according to the Hindu Panchang. But as per our astrologers, Saptami will begin on Thursday, 11 April from 14:42:58 minutes during the day, and conclude on Friday, 12 April at 13:24:50 minutes, after which Ashtami will commence from 13:24:51 minutes. It will end at 11:42:36 minutes in the morning of 13 April, Saturday and Navami will begin after that. 

Ashtami and Navami Muhurat

Fasting for Maha Ashtami is suggested for Saturday, 13 April, this year, because as per Panchang, as the Sun rises on the 13th, the Hindu tithi (date) will be Ashtami. In the same vein, Navami will begin from 11:42:37 minutes on Saturday morning and conclude on Sunday, 14 April at 09:36:46 minutes. After that, the tenth day will begin, which will continue until the next day. Therefore, those who have fasted for all nine days of Navratri can perform Parana after 09:36:46 minutes on Sunday. 

Significance of Navratri Parana

The Navratri Parana is an important ritual that is performed after the completion of nine days of fasting. It is concluded on the ninth and tenth (Navami and Dashami) day. As per the Hindu scriptures, the person who has been fasting will only receive the result after the Navratri Parana is concluded. According to the Mimansas (those who explained the Shastras), the Parana should be performed on the Dashami. This is because many scriptures state that you are supposed to be fasting on the ninth, therefore, performing the Parana on that day is not considered appropriate.

Auspicious Muhurat of Navratri Parana

Auspicious Time for Parana
14 April, 2019
After 09:36:46 minutes

Note: This Chaitra Navratri Parana time is for New Delhi, India in 24 hours format

Rituals and Method of Parana 

  • If, as per Panchang, Navami falls on two days, then one should fast on the first day and complete the Parana rituals on the second. 
  • One should feed little girls and do Kanya Pujan on this day. 
  • After the puja and visarjan (immersion), you should offer fruits, gifts, clothes, etc. to Brahmans as per your wish. 
  • After completing the Shodashopachara puja of Goddess Durga on this day, visarjan (immersing the idol) should be done on the tenth (Dashami). 

To Learn About the Navratri Parana, Click here: Navratri Parana

Significance of Kanya Pujan on Navratri

Kanya Pujan holds a special significance during Navratri, which is why little girls are worshipped on Ashtami and Navami. In Sanatan Dharma, on this special day, young girls, between the ages of 2 to 10 years, are invited to the homes, worshipped, fed, and given the gifts or dakshina. It is believed that the little girls are the incarnations of Goddess Durga, and by worshipping them on the eighth and ninth days of Navratri and getting their blessings, we appease the goddess and get auspicious results. 

How is Kanya Pujan Done? 

  • On the day of Kanya Pujan, wake up early in the morning, wear clean clothes after taking a bath, and worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Gauri. 
  • Invite little girls of ages 2 to 10 years as the embodiment of Goddess Gauri and a little boy as Batuk Bhairav. It is said that Batuk Bhairav received the boon of serving Maa in Shakti Peetha. This is why, it is compulsory for the devotees to visit Bhairav after getting Maa’s darshan in Shakti Peetha. 
  • Cleanse and purify your house properly before kanya pujan and welcome the goddess in the form of little girls in a clean environment. 
  • Since these girls are embodiment of Mata Rani, hailing the Goddess when they enter your home is considered auspicious. 
  • Offer the girls a place to sit when they come home. 
  • Then, wash their feet one by one. 
  • Now do a tika of roli, kumkum, and akshat and tie a sacred thread (moli) on their hands. 
  • Now do the aarti of the girls and the little boy. 
  • After the aarti, feed the children as per your ability. It should be noted that Poori, chana (gram), and halwa is cooked for prasad on the day of Kanya Pujan. 
  • Offer gifts and presents to the kids after they are done eating. 
  • Then, touch their feet to gain their blessings and send them off happily. 

Ram Navami

The festival of Ram Navami will be celebrated throughout India on 13th April, Saturday to commemorate the birthday of Lord Ram. This occasion falls on the ninth day of Chaitra month every year as per the Hindu calendar. According to the Hindu religion, Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram is worshipped as the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, which is why devotees read the Ramayana to celebrate this auspicious day. 

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