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Ghatasthapana during Vasant Navratri – Pot with Grass Symbolizing Goddess Durga

Ghatasthapana is an important ritual during Navratri. It literally means installing a pot which symbolizes Goddess Shakti. A Pot with image of Goddess Durga embossed on the side of it is place in the Puja room. The pot is placed on a bed of sand. This is performed on the first day of Navratri especially during Vasant Navratri in North India.
The pot is filled with mud and sprinkled with cowdung. Barley seeds are sown in it. Some people also sow barley seeds on the bed on which the pot is placed. The Ghata (Pot) is installed at the auspicious time of the first day of the Navratri. It is believed Goddess Shakti blesses the Pot with her presence.
The pot is sprinkled with water on all the nine days. Pujas and other rituals are performed.
At the end of the ninth day, the barley shoots will reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and its then pulled out and distributed.
Ghatasthapana is an important ritual during Navratri and Durga Puja (September – October) and also at the same period during Das…

Gudhi Padwa Quotes and Messages – Gudi Padva – Maharashtra New Year

Gudhi Padwa, or Gudi Padva, is the Marathi New Year and here is a collection of Gudhi Padwa quotes and messages. These quotations to wish friends and relatives were collected from numerous sources and edited to suit the Gudhi Padwa day. Let this Gudhi Padwa usher in a Good and Sweet Year, both materially and spiritually.
Wish you a happy Gudhi Padwa with love, peace, hope and joy for the year ahead.
Happy Gudhi Padwa and let this be a delightful year, filled with delightful things in each of its days.
From this Gudhi Padva let us go forward with great hope that all things will be possible.
May this Gudi Padwa be a good one for all of us.
Another Gudhi Padwa is here to banish our worries and mistakes and start afresh.
Happy Gudhi Padwa. Let this New Year herald new optimism, zeal and cheer.
Let us welcome this Gudhi Padwa with great hope, eagerness and anticipation. Let us look forward to a plentiful year of joy, satisfaction, peace and prosperity.Let this Gudi Padva bring peace and prosperit…