Navratri Puja Vidhi in North India include Ghatasthapana, Kumari Puja etc. Here is a simple method to do Navratri and Durga Puja in North India the Hindu Method. Things needed for Navratri Puja are:
- Clay vessel – open mouth to sow barely
- Kalash Pot
- Clean and good soil for sowing barely
- Barely seeds
- Sacred thread (mauli)
- Supari (betel nut)
- Mango Leaves
- Raw Rice
- Two Red cloth
- 2 Flower garlands or flowers
- Chawki (raised wooden platform)
- Picture of Painting of Goddess Durga
- Cotton wick
- Puja Thali
- Chunari or cloth for Mother Goddess
First is Ghatasthapana
Preparing Barely Pot
Take the open mouth clay pot and fill soil up to half of the pot. Then put the barely seeds. Put soil on top of the barely seeds. Again put barely seeds but do not put on center of the pot. Again put soil. The barely pot is now ready
Preparing Kalash Pot
Tie sacred thread on the Kalash Pot.
Fill the kalash pot with water upto the neck
Put a supari or betel nut in kalash
Put some scent in kalash
Put some coins in kalash
Put 5 mango leaves with tail pointing upwards in the kalash
Put raw rice in kalash
Wrap the coconut with a red cloth and place it on top of kalash.
Place the kalash on the center of the barley pot. (You can place the barely pot and kalash pot separately also.)
Prepare the puja tali by placing garland, lamp, dhoop stick, fruit, sweet and scent.
First prayer to Kalash and Barely Pot
Invocation of Goddess Durga – Asking Goddess Durga to reside in the kalash for nine days. Invite her – Usual words in your local language
Light the lamp and circle it around the kalash.
Light dhoop stick and circle it around kalash.
Place a flower garland on the kalash.
Offer fruit and sweet to the kalash
Offer scent to deity by sprinkling it on the kalash.
Preparing the Platform
Put a red cloth on a raised platform or stool.
Put the cloth (Chunari) on the Goddess Durga Painting and place it on the raised platform.
Offer prayers to Goddess Durga. Ask her to stay in the place of nine days.
Circle lamp around the painting of Goddess durga.
Next circle dhoop.
Next put garland on Goddess Durga painting or photo.
Next offer scent
Next offer sweet and fruit to durga
Place the kalash and barely pot near Goddess Durga. Offer Prayers
Sprinkle water on the barely pot daily for nine days.
Puja should be performed on all nine days. (Panchopachar Puja).
You can sit and pray in front of the kalash and painting of Goddess Durga for nine days.
You can read stories of Goddess Durga and also listen to prayers during morning and evening.
Fresh sweet and fruits should be offered on all nine days
Finishing Navratri Puja
On the tenth day morning you can distribute the barely shoots – the grown barley.
The coconut can be used to make sweet on the tenth day.
The water should be offered to a plant.
The rice used can be donated or used to make sweet.