Ghatasthapana 2014 – Durga Navratri Puja Vidhi

Ghatasthapana 2014

Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana is a ritual which marks the onset of Navratri. This year Durga Navratri will start from 31st march 2014 and end on April 8th. So Kalash Sthapana will be performed on Pratipada i.e. 31st march.

Kalash means pot and Sthapana means to establish or place, so kalash sthapana literally means establishing the pot.  A pot containing holy water is considered as symbol of Goddess Durga. It is placed in puja room and worshiped for nine days. Many families have a tradition of sowing barley seeds during Ghatasthapana. By the end of navratri, these seeds grow into 3-5 inches long shoots. These are taken out and disturbed as form of blessings.

GhatsthapanaMahurat for Ghatasthapana

The best time for Ghatasthapana (Ghatasthapana Muhurta) on march 31, 2014 is from 06:16 to 10:22. Shubh Chaughadiya calculation depends on time of sun rise; hence it varies a little from place to place. To be more precise you can ask the priest of a temple nearby you.  You can also do this ritual during Abhijit Muhurat - 12:01 to 12:50 p.m. However the main thing is, it should be performed in first one third of the day (Pratipada). Keep chanting mata’s name as often as you can. you can also read 108 names of Maa Durga by Clicking  Here!

Significance of Ghatasthapana

Kalasha –is considered as symbolic form of Maa Durga. It is a mark of purity and auspiciousness. Establishing Kalash in your home brings positivity and happiness.

Sowing Barley or Wheat – Seed provides fruits. Sowing seeds during navratri signifies growth, prosperity and abundance. It also indicates fertility. Just like Ghatasthapana, Kanya puja during navratri is also an important ritual. Know about Significance, mantra and vidhi for kanya puja 2014. Click here!

Easy Puja Vidhi for Ghatasthapana

Rituals and traditions followed during this puja vary from region to region and family to family. However main puja rituals are mentioned below.

  • Start navratri preparation a few days ago. Clean your house properly.
  • Wake up early, clean and decorated the pooja room. Sprinkle ‘Gangajal’.
  • Place the idol or any image of Mata at puja place.
  • Place the kalash filled with clean or holy water in front of deity. You can use copper or silver or earthen pot.
  • Cover its top with mango or Ashoka leaves and place a coconut on the top.
  • Tie mauli (scared thread) around the neck of the kalash.
  • Collect some garden soil and make a bed for sowing grains. You can use any convenient utensil for this. Place some wheat or barley seeds
  • Light a lamp every morning and evening. You can also keep it as ‘Akhand Jyot’.
  • Offer Chunari, flowers, incense sticks, paan, rice, tumerice, sindoor, chandan and other puja items to please Maa Durga.
  • Chant Mantras or simple recite 108 names of Maa Durga.
  • Offer prasad and do aarti of Goddess Durga. Play Garba and feel devoted to Maa durga.
  • Reciting Durga saptasati during Navratri is considered highly auspicious.

Know about Navratri puja muhurat. Click Here! Onlineprasad wishes you a very happy Navratri. Know about different tithis and dates for navratri 2014. Click Here!

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19 thoughts on “Ghatasthapana 2014 – Durga Navratri Puja Vidhi

  1. priya

    I dont have mud pot…can u help me in which I can sow seeds…and after navratri can I put remaining leaves of this seeds n soil in the garden only…because here in dubai I cant do it in water…please advise

    1. Rachana Bhawsar Post author

      Priya, you can use the plastic mini tray which you use to make sprouts. If that is not available take a deep bowl, put some garden soil and sow seeds. Its advisable to submerge remaining leaves in water. But if thats not you can place them garden. After all it’s your devotion and feeling which would Please maa durga more than anything else.
      Happy Navratri

  2. Pooja

    Hello,I have a query..
    While doing puja on 2nd day of navaratri,the sacred kalash water fell down and mango leaves came out of it..But we did not let the coconut which we had put on kalash falldown..but during this 2/3rd water flowed out of the kalash..
    Is it viable,i mean is there anything wrong in it to happen,or should i do something else..
    Please advice….
    Thank you…

  3. sindhu

    Hello , first time I have done a ghat sthapana in my house….I have been doing all the puja procedure and nivedyas also…
    I bought this seeds from puja samagri shop , though I had specifically asked for barley seeds…they never had it and gave me jowar seeds saying I can put this also ….but its not yet sprouted…I have been watering the small mud pot in which I have sown it, also….how many days does it takes for the small sprouts to come out…today is the third day and when I see nothing coming out of the soil ,I feel depressed…

    1. Rachana Bhawsar Post author

      If you have placed a earthen pot, immersed it in flowing water. And if its a metal pot, pour the water in tulsi plant and keep the kalash in puja room future use. Happy Dussehra!

  4. priti

    I have sown all seeds very carefully but then also they Di not appear On duseraha, I think It is due to excess Water poured bY me. What i should do now. Please advice

    1. Rachana Bhawsar Post author

      you should keep the normal brown coconut which is available in market. Such coconuts have a outer hard brown shell and contains sweet coconut water inside it.

  5. shanthala

    hello mam, i have seen all ur replies, so i just want to ask u one thing after the ninth day of ghatasthapana puja what we have to do that grass n soil. pls can u suggest

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