While scrolling mouse on pad i clicked the folder of March this year and found a photo of my "Navratri Jyot".i could'n hold myself to post the post on MAA DURGA
HERE IT IS.............
The fallowing pic is Jyot 'diya' of Chaitra Navratri, also known as Ram Navratri or Basanti Puja is observed in the month Chaitra. It is observed from the first to the ninth day during Shukla Paksha waxing phase of moon of the month of Chaitra (March-April this time 21 March - 28 March) according to the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The ninth day is celebrated as Ram Navami 28 March in 2015.
I usually place the idol of Goddess Durga along with other deities and ‘Matkaa’/’Ghat’(pot) during this period. I light the ‘Akhand Jyot’ ('diya' that burns for nine days) during this time. As per tradition, I put a pitcher or water pot, called Kalash or Ghat in Sanskrit/ Hindi on the first day of Navaratri, at that auspicious moment.
‘Kalash’represents Earth and Water element.A ‘Kalash’ is believed to be a symbolic form of ‘MA Durga’ enchanting auspiciousness during ‘Navratras’.Keeping the ‘Kalash’ in the home invokes positivity everywhere. This ‘Kalash’must not be touched during the nine days.
I anybody wish to do this , take an earthen clay pitcher (‘Matkaa’), fill it with clean water and put some rose petals, one silver coin and one penny in it; then cover it with clay pot lid and tie a ‘Raksha’ thread (‘Moli’/’Kalavaa’) around the neck of this earthen pot. Thereafter, fill rice in the clay pot lid above this ‘Matkaa’ and place a raw coconut covered in red cloth or red ‘Chunri’ at this ‘Kalash’.
'Jyoti’represents ‘Fire’, ‘Air’ and ‘Space’ elementssince lighting of the ‘Jyot’ emanates brightness in the room/house (’Space) and the fragrance (‘Fumes’) which purifies the ‘air’.
In ‘Navratras lighting of ‘Akhand Jyot’/ ‘Deep’ or an earthen lamp is an essential part of the prayer rituals (‘puja’) since the flame of the lamp and ‘jyoti’ has two significant qualities. First it banishes darkness and the secondly it is always upward/upright. The upward movement of the ‘Jyoti’ signifies the path of wisdom and the path of divinity. Flame also signifies the power of all the beings so it is also considered as form of MA Durga. Without ‘Fire Element’ or ‘Shakti’ no one can survive in this universe.It is believed that where daily ‘jyoti’ is lighted regularly especially at the time of ‘Navratras’, there can never be the darkness or evil forces at such dwellingplaces.
Preparation for ‘Akhand Jyot’:
Mix saffron (‘Kesar’) and turmeric powder (‘Haldi’) in pure ‘Ghee’(Clarified Butter of cow milk) and use this ‘ghee’ only for the ‘Jyot’ during ‘Navratras’and while preparing ‘jyot’ always put ‘Chhoti Elaichi’ (Green Cardamom) in it and offer this to MA Durga.
Worshipping in Navratri is a way to enhance our non-physical approach and make our goddess happy to be at home fulfilling our wishes. Meditation is most authentic way to get involved with God and improve our ‘karmic’ deeds. This worship will be more successful when our offering would be done with practical aspect in proper direction. Vastu Shastra is a science which can lend you every earthly joy if its principles are followed with utmost trust.
Here is how Vastu tells you to do the puja:
1. ‘Ishaan kone’ (North-East) is considered as the directionof Gods. This is the best place to keep Goddess MA Durga’s idol in this direction.
2. If you are lighting ‘Akhand Jyot’ before the idol then keep it in the ‘Agneya kone’ (South-East).
3. Make sure you face east or north while performing the puja.
4. Make sure you clean up that area and there is no dirty clothes lying around the puja area.
5. Never place the idol near bathroom or restroom.
6. Leave some place near the puja area to sit.