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How to perform Kumari Puja during Navratri? – Kumarika Pujan

Kumari Puja is the worship of young virgin girls which is performed during Chaitra Navratri, Sharan Navaratri (September – October) and Durga Puja. The ritual is also known as Kumarika Pujan and is of great importance to some Hindu Communities in North India . Some people perform the ritual on all nine days and some only the Durga Ashtami and the Mahanavami day. Here is a simple explanation on how to perform Kumari Puja? A young kumari girl is invited to the home during Navratri. Some people invite a young girl on all nine days. Some people perform the Kumarika Puja only on the Ashtami or Navami day. In rare cases some people invite nine young girls on any one of the days during Navratri. The young girl is the representative of Goddess Shakti. The young girl is invited a mat or stool is given to sit. Then her feet are washed – this is known as padya puja. While performing the ritual one symbolically considers the young girl as Goddess Shakti. Then she is offered a sump