Navratri first day is highly auspicious in northern and western parts of
in Nepal. Kalash
Sthapana Puja or Ghatasthapana is held on the day. The best time for Navratri
puja on October 16, 2012 is from 6:43 to 11:28 AM. The most auspicious time on
the day is at 11:07 AM.
You can also do the puja during Abhijit Muhurta - 12:00 PM to 12:56 PM.
The Puja has to be completed on the day before 4:00 PM (afternoon) as the first day Navratri Tithi ends at this time.
In Ghatasthapana, a kalash with an image of Goddess Durga is installed in the house on the day. The pot or kalash is filled with water and is covered with cow dung and seeds (like barely or wheat) are sown on the dung. The pot is kept on a sand bed and seeds are sown on this too.
Special pujas are conducted on the pot and water is sprinkled daily. The seeds sprout and reach about 3 or 5 five inches on the tenth day. They are distributed as Prasad on the Vijaya dasami day.