Every year around September- October we celebrate Sharada Navratri.
As the name suggests it’s a nine-day festival with various rituals and traditions happening all over India.
Apart from this Navratri is also celebrated during Spring, I.e. during March-April known as Vasant Navratri, but for now, let’s talk more about Sharada Navratri.
This year Sharda Navratri is starting from 17th October 15, 2020, and will continue till 25th October which is Vijyadashmi day.
Every state dedicates the festival to different God but the general concept behind its celebration is the victory of good over evil.
In northern states, plays and acts are performed by individuals as a tribute to Lord Ram for his triumph over evil. And on the 10th day of the Navaratri, also known as Dussehra, we set fire to huge ideals of Ravan, Kumbh Karan, and Meghnath as a symbol of conquest over the evil forces.
Whereas in states like West Bengal and other eastern states the Devi is worshipped for 9 days and each day signifies different aspects which are indicated by distinct colors. A popular belief for celebration among all is that Devi won the battle between the shape-shifting demon Mahishasura. Huge pandals are set up over 9 days and on the 10th day which is also known as Vijayadashami, the Devi is ceremoniously walked to a river.
In this southern states of India goddess, Saraswati along with Laxmi and Ganesha are worshipped through a series of rituals.
Devotees also keep a 9 day fast to show their devotion to God, it is believed that it will bring them good fortune and prosperity. Apart from that, it is also believed that the beginning of Navaratri is auspicious and if we start a new business or any other thing, the results are expected to be good.
It also marks the beginning of the festival of lights, which is celebrated 20 days after the Navratri ends.
Apart from Hindus people belonging to other religions also celebrate this festival. Even outside India temples are decorated during this time to promote these religious practices.
This year Dussehra is important from both religious and astrology/Vastu point of view as well.
So we are giving you some Vastu tips and how different incarnations of Durga affect our planets.
Do you know what Vastu is?
Well, it’s just alignment of architecture with nature. But we can’t ignore it since it has great significance in our lives.
During Navratri, devotees place MaaDruga’s ideal in their houses but it is important to keep in mind which direction is right for that. Here are some tips to follow during Navratri –
- We should always place the ideal in the northeast direction of the house and to make it more valuable the outpost used should be either made of wood or sandalwood.
- The Pooja room should not be near your washroom or bath place.
- The ideal place should not touch the wall completely, keep some distance in between.
- While worshipping the goddess your face should be towards the north or the east direction as it leads to enlightenment and brings money and prosperity.
- The room where you worship should be purple or white or light blue with light shade curtains and white marble flooring.
- Apart from Champa and lotus, not other flower buds should be offered to goddess Durga.
- Also, keep in mind that no rice is offered to Vishnu.
These were some basic Vastu tips that we should keep in mind while worshipping at home.
Click here to know what basic astrological tips and practices you should follow during 9 days of Navratri.
According to the best astrologer in India, Navratri is known to be the ideal day to activate spiritual energy in the house.
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