Chaitra Navratri and Karwa Chauth Pooja in 2017

Chaitra Navratri and Karwa Chauth Pooja in 2017

Karwa Chauth Pooja 2017

As per the Indian culture, Karwa Chauth is observed by married women for the well being and long life for their husband.  This auspicious season coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi, which has been observed as the fasting day for Lord Ganesha. The rituals associated along with the fasting are observed along with the worship of Lord Shiva and his family which includes Lord Ganesha as well.

Women break the fast only after sighting and offerings offered to the moon. The fasting is strictly observed without in taking of any food. Even a drop of water is prohibited till sighting of the moon at night.  The year 2017 has observed this holy festival on 08th October 2017. The fast will be observed during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the Kartik month. But as per the Amanta calendar followed in Gujarat, South India and Maharashtra, Karwa Chauth falls in the Ashwin month.

Though the names of the months vary from one state to another, but the shubh muhurat related to this festival falls on the same day everywhere.  The day of Karwa Chauth is also known to be as Karak Chaturthi. In short, karak and karwa refer to the earthen pot through which water is offered to the moon. It is considered to be highly significant during the Puja which is given as Dan to any eligible woman or to the Brahmin.

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In comparison to the Southern states, Karwa Chauth celebration is highly popular in the Northern states. After four days, the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is observed for the well being of the sons.

Chaitra Navratri Puja 2017

The beginning of summer and winter is considered to be the most sacred opportunities to worship the Divine Mother. As per the Hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra Navratri Puja in the year 2017 starts from 28th March 2017. The word Navratri itself refers to the nine auspicious nights where the nine variant forms are worshipped with full devotion. The puja of Chaitra Navratri commences with the first incarnation Shailputri and concludes with Siddhidatri.

In order to start the puja, bath is taken early in the morning and new clothes are worn out. A kalaash is filled with water including the mango leaves and finally a moli is tied on the pitcher. The idol of Maa Durga is kept in the puja room and worshipped with the help of roli, chawal, kumkum, flowers and balepatra. Afterwards a burning coal including ghee is placed on the clay pot.

There remains a good significance of Chaitra Navratri Puja. This pooja is considered to be highly auspicious as it helps to invoke energetic aspect of God in the form of universal mother. Goddess Durga is considered to be responsible for removing the miseries of life easily. Worshipping of Shakti is known to reconfirm the scientific theory regarding the fact that energy is imperishable.

The celebration is highly popular in the northern parts of India. This celebration is also known y the names of Ram Navratri and Vasant Navratri. This festival has been popular in foreign countries as well.

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Category: festival 2017

Feb, 28 2017 06:12 pm