Fragrance of winter has started coming here. Temples are getting cleaned and decorated. The first bell of Navratri will start from Oct’ 17th. The fragrace of Diya, incense and flowers will intoxicate all.
Maha Astami – 24th Oct
Maha Navmi – 25th Oct
These day’s are very auspicious for all the purposes. These are the best days for any sankalpa (Vision).
I love these days not because of any purpose or superstition but because there is very high energy floating. It recharges.
At this moment in my life i am more in connection and less in rituals but i have full respect for every ritual and i know when Self power goes low by any reason then there is nothing more powerful than prayer and surrendering to God.
Simple Rituals for Navratri prayers are following , if you wish you can adopt :
Clean and decorate temple.
Diya is considered mandatory in Navratri.
If you wish you can burn this home made samagri – guggal powder, loban powder, camphor powder, chandan powder, black sesame and dry coconut OR simply use any incense.
You can use all flowers but as per holy books Lotus and Hibiscus are considered most auspicious.
Offer 11 betel leaves, betel nut, cloves, cardamom green, any good fragrance or rose water, heena, turmeric, roli, moli, kum kum, bangles and beautiful decorated odhni.
Best prayer during Navratri is Durga Saptshati but you can do any Devi prayer where you feel connected.
Prayers are done in morning and evening.
This is a SHAKTI prayer. So, during these days invoke SHAKTI in you. The only way to invoke shakti in us is how strong connection we have with our source. Soul with Supersoul. As much this connection will be strong that much energy will be infused in us.The realization of oneness of Soul with Supersoul is invoking SHAKTI.
Have a great time. Enjoy, love nurture and nourish yourself.
I wish you and your family Very Happy Navratri.
(Spiritual life coach and Researcher in Indian ancient studies)