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Navratri Puja Vidhi – Procedure of Navratri Pooja

Navratri Puja

Navratri is amongst the most important Hindu festivals. This festival is celebrated with great zeal and devotion throughout the country. The actual meaning of ‘Navratri’ is ‘nine auspicious nights’. Navratri is a pious festival celebrated in the honor of nine different forms of the Goddess Durga, like as Lakshmi and Saraswati for nine continuous days.

The Goddess of Power is worshipped during these days in order to seek her blessings and protection from any unknown fear and possible threat.

Navratri Puja Vidhi

Navratri Puja Vidhi

The devotees ask for peace and prosperity from the Goddess. The Goddess of power has the supremacy over the creation, preservation and destruction of the universe.

Navratri is being celebrated in our country adhering to all the customs and rituals. It is of utmost importance to know the exact method of performing the Navratri Pooja. Here, is the full Navratri Pooja Vidhi.

Items to be required for the Navratri Pooja:

Picture or Idol of Goddess Durga in the Pooja room

A dupatta or sari to offer to the deity

Durga Saptshati book

Ganga water or plain water in Kalash (pitcher)

Fresh and washed mango leaves


One coconut


Supari (Areca nuts)

Paan (Betel leaves)



Kumkum (vermilion)


In this 2016 Durga puja or navarathri is start from 1st October to 10th October:

Let us explain the Durga Puja full details in nine days how to do Durga puja.

1st day of Navaratri: this year 1st day of Navaratri is celebrate 1st and 2nd of the October. (Sat& Sunday)

Tithi: prathipada

Goddess worship: Shailaputri (Daughter of mountain)

Offering to the goddess: Ghee

Color to be worn of the day:  Grey & orange

2nd day of Navaratri: this year 2nd day of Navaratri is celebrate 3rd of the October. (Monday)

Tithi: Dwitiya

Goddess worship: Brahmacharini

Offering to the goddess: Sugar

Color to be worn of the day:  White

3nd day of Navaratri: this year 3nd day of Navaratri is celebrate 4th of the October. (Tuesday)

Tithi: Tritiya

Goddess worship: Chandraghanta

Offering to the goddess: Milk

Color to be worn of the day:  Red

4th day of Navaratri: this year 4th day of Navaratri is celebrate 5th of the October. (Wednesday)

Tithi: Chaturthi

Goddess worship: Kushmanda

Offering to the goddess: Malpua

Color to be worn of the day:  Royal Blue

5th day of Navaratri: this year 5th day of Navaratri is celebrate 6th of the October. (Thursday)

Tithi: Panchami

Goddess worship: Skandamata

Offering to the goddess: Bananas

Color to be worn of the day:  Yellow

6th day of Navaratri: this year 6th day of Navaratri is celebrate 7th of the October. (Friday)

Tithi: Shashthi

Goddess worship: Katyayani

Offering to the goddess: Honey

Color to be worn of the day: Green

7th day of Navaratri: this year 7th day of Navaratri is celebrate 8th of the October. (Saturday)

Tithi: Saptami

Goddess worship: Kaalratri

Offering to the goddess: Jaggery Dishes

Color to be worn of the day: Peacock Green

8th day of Navaratri: this year 8th day of Navaratri is celebrate 9th of the October. (Sunday)

Tithi: Ashtami

Goddess worship: Mahagauri

Offering to the goddess: Coconut

Color to be worn of the day: Purple

9th day of Navaratri: this year 9th day of Navaratri is celebrate 10th of the October. (Monday)

Tithi: Navami

Goddess worship: Siddhidaatri

Offering to the goddess: Grains

Color to be worn of the day: Any color

Navratri Puja Procedure durga puja Images

Navratri Puja Vidhi

Navratri Puja need incense sticks, a ‘deep’ and a matchstick. You will also require some fresh flowers like rose, jasmine or red hibiscus.

You may offer fresh fruits and sweets such as ‘laddoo’, or ‘peda’ for prasad. Take a mat, to sit. If possible, every member of the house should sit together.

Navratri Pooja Vidhi:

For performing the Navratri Pooja, you need to wake up early in the morning. Get up sharp at the sunrise. This time is considered best to perform the Navratri Pooja. Take bath and wear laundered clothes. Keep ‘deep’ at the left side of the deity. Try to light the ‘Akhand Jyot’. Keep in mind that you should not leave the house vacant if you are lighting the ‘Akhand Jyot’.

Someone must stay back at home. On the right hand side of the idol, keep incense sticks etc. Keep yourself prepared to do the Puja with full devotion and concentration. Keep the kalash and coconut as well. Lay the mat and sit in an upright position in front of the deity. Light the ‘deep’. Ring the bell or blow the ‘Shankh’.

For ‘Kalash Sthapna’:

Navratri Puja Vidhi

Sprinkle ‘Gangajal’ all over the Puja room. Now, offer sandalwood powder and some fresh grass to the Goddess. Then, offer the sari or dupatta to the Goddess. Place some fresh flowers in front of the Goddess. Next, offer ‘paan’ with a clove placed on it.

Durga Festival In India

If you are married, then offer two such paans. Light ‘agarbatti’ or incense sticks. Perform ‘havan’ using this mantra- “Om aing hreeng kleeng chamundaya vichche namah”.

Give aahuti for 11 times. Fold your hands and pray. At last, offer prasad and do aarti of Goddess Durga. Sing the “Kshama Prarthana” of the 13th chapter of sacred Durga Saptshati and conclude the Puja. Pray with whole heart.

Celebration of ‘Mahanavami’ in India:

The ninth day of Navratri, popularly known as ‘Mahanavami’ is the final day of Navratri celebrations. The celebration of ‘Mahanavami’ varies from state to state in India.

People of different states celebrate Mahanavami in their own way. People from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab do ‘Kanya Puja’ on the last day.

Celebration of ‘Mahanavami’ in India:

Navratri Puja Vidhi

On the concluding day, nine young girls are invited in the house and feasted with delicious food. These nine young girls are treated as the nine forms of the Goddess. They are welcomed by washing their feet and putting tilak on their forehead.

The people of Kerala celebrate Saraswati Pooja on ‘Ashtami’, the eighth day or the day before Mahanavami. The concluding day is treated as the resting day. People do not begin with any new work and even children do not study this day.

Navratri celebrations end on ‘Ashtami’ instead of Mahanavami in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Kashmir and Maharashtra.

Mahanavami in India:

The people of West Bengal celebrate Durga Pooja with great enthusiasm and devotion. Huge ‘Pandal’ (tent) is set up and a huge idol of Goddess Durga is installed in the ‘Pandal’ and worshipped. On Mahanavami, the idol of Goddess Durga is bid adieu and immersed in the sea or river or any flowing source of water.

Durga Pooja In India

The Goddesses are worshipped under nine different names and in nine different characters during the nine prosperous days. The first form of Goddess Durga is ‘Shailputri’ meaning the ‘Goddess of Himalayas’ is worshipped on the first day.

The second form of Goddess Durga is ‘Brahmacharini’, worshipped on the second day. Her name is derived from the word ‘Brahma’. On the third day, the Goddess is worshipped as ‘Chandraghanta’. She symbolizes beauty and bravery.

Navarathri Pooja In India

The Goddess ‘Kushmanda’ is worshipped on the fourth day. She is believed to be the creator of the universe. On the fifth day, ‘Skanda Mata’ is worshipped.

She is the mother of the chief warrior of the God’s Army, Skand. The sixth day is devoted for the Goddess ‘Katyayani’, who has three eyes and four hands.

The Goddess ‘Kalratri’ is worshipped on the seventh day of Navratri. She is as black as the night and takes away all the fears from the devotees. The Goddess ‘Maha Gauri’ is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri.

Navarathri Pooja In India

She is the epitome of beauty and as white as the snow. She represents calmness and wisdom. The ninth day, also known as ‘Mahanavami’, is the concluding day of Navratri. Goddess ‘Siddhidatri’ is worshipped on the last day of Navratri.

Navratri is a festival of sentiments, positive thoughts, peace and prosperity. Every year it is welcomed with great respect and love. People refrain from wrong deeds and indulge in pure devotion. Wish you a Happy Navratri!