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How to perform Durga Puja (Step-wise): Mantras, Prarthana, Aarti


Step-wise direction to perform Durga Puja

First perform Kalash Puja or Ghatsthapana
Now perform ‘Atma Puja’ for self-purification. This is done by the chanting of the following mantras:
OM APAVITRAH PAVITRO VA SARVAVASTHAM GATOAPI VA,
YAH SMRAIT PUNDARIKA AKSHAM SA VAHY ABHYANTARAH SHUCHIH.
Explanation: Whoever contemplates upon Vishnu gets automatically purified, both mentally and physically.
Tilak : Apply Tilak (an auspicious mark) on your forehead
This is followed by ‘Achman’ (drinking of holy water after accepting it in the palm of the hand), which helps to wash off the sins committed by action, thought and speech. The mantra runs as follows:
OM KESHAVAYA NAMAH, OM NARAYANAYA NAMAH, OM MADHAVAYA NAMAH, OM GOVINDAYA NAMAH.
Explanation: I bow to thee Keshav, I bow to thee Narayan, I bow to thee Madhav, I bow to thee Govind.
SANKALPA : To make a firm resolve (Sankalpa) to achieve the purpose of the ceremony. It is customary to take a little water in one’s hand and make resolve.
AAWAHAN (Pray to invite Ma Durga)
Aagachha Tvam Mahadevi ! Sthane Chatra Sthira Bhav. Yavata Pujaam Karisyami Tavata Tvam Snidho Bhav.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha. Durgadevimaawahayami. Aawahanartheye Pushpaanjali Samarpayami.
(Offer Flowers to Ma Durga)
Aasan After Dhyan and Mantras, Pray & offer:
Om sarvmangal mangaleye shivesarvaarth sadhike, Sharneye Traymbake gauri Narayani Namostute.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha. Aasanarthey Pushpani Samarpayami. (offer flowers)
Paadha
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha. Padayoh Paadham Samarpayami. (offer water to Mother’s Shri Charan)
Arghya
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha. Hastyoh Arghya Samarpayami. (offer Chandan,Pushpa and Akshat mixed water)
Aachman
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha. Aachamanam Samarpayami. (Offer Karpoor mixed water)
Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Snanartham Jalam Samarpayami. (offer Ganga Jal for Bath)
Snananga Aachaman Snanantey Punrachamaniyam Jalam Samarpayami. (Offer water for aachman)
Dugdha Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha DugdhaSnanam Samarpayami. (offer Cow-milk for Bath)
Dadhi Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha DadhiSnanam Samarpayami. (offer curd made from cow milk for bath)
Ghrit Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha GhritSnanam Samarpayami. (offer Gou-Ghee for Bath)
Madhu Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha MadhuSnanam Samarpayami. (offer Honey for Bath)
Sharkara Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha SharkaraSnanam Samarpayami. (offer sugar for Bath)
Panchaamrit Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha PanchaamritSnanam Samarpayami. (offer Panchaamrit for Bath)
Gandhodak Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha GandhodakSnanam Samarpayami. (offer MalayaChandan and Agaru mixed water for Bath)
Shudhodak Snan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha ShudhodakSnanam Samarpayami. (offer Holy Water for Final Bath)
Aachman
ShudhodakSnanante Aachamaniyam Jalam Samarpayami. (offer water for Aachaman)
Vastra
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Vastropavastram Kanchukiyam ch Samarpayami. (offer sarees and other dress material etc.)
Aachman: Vastranante Aachamaniym jalam Samarpayami
Shobhagya Sutra
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha ShobhagyaSutram Samarpayami.
Chandan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Chandanam Samarpayami.
Haridrachurna
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Haridraam Samarpayami.
Kumkum
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Kumkumam Samarpayami.
Sindoor
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Sindooram Samarpayami.
Kajal
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Kajjalm Samarpayami.
Durvankur (Durva)
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Durvankuraan Samarpayami.
BilvaPatra
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha BilvaPatram Samarpayami.
Abhushan
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Abhushnaani Samarpayami.
Pushpamala
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Pushpamalam Samarpayami.
Nanaparimaldraviya
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha NanaparimalDraviyaani Samarpayami.
Shobhagya Patika
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Shobhagyapatikam Samarpayami.
Dhoop
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Dhoopmaaghrapayami.
Deep
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Deepam Darshyami. (Show deep to mother and wash your hand)
Naibaidha
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Naibaidham Nivedyami.
Aachman: offer aachaman
Rituphal
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Rituphalani Samarpayami.
Tammbul
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Tammbulam Samarpayami.
Dakshina
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Dakshinaam Samarpayami.
AARTI (karpoor and bati)
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Karpooraratirkyam Samarpayami.
SHRI AMBAJI KI AARTI
Ambe Gauri Arti in Hindi
Pradikshna
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Pradikshnaanm Samarpayami.
Mantrapushpanjali
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Mantrapushpanjalim Samarpayami
OM YAGYEN YAGYA MAYA JANT DEVAASTAANI DHARMAANI PRATHMAA NYAASAN. THE NAAKAM MAHIMAANAH SACHANT YATRA POORVEY SAADHYAH SANTI DEVAAH.
OM KATYAYANYAI VIDMAHE KANYAKUMARYAI DHEEMAHI, TANNO DURGA PRACHODAYAT.
OM VAKRA TUNDAAYE VIDMAEHEY EK DAN TAAYE DHEE MAHI, TANNO DANTI PRACHO DAYAAT.
OM NAA NAA SUGANDHI PUSHPAANI RITU KAALO BHAWAANEE CHA, PUSHPAANJALI MARYAADATTA GRIHAAN PARMESHWARI.
NAMASKAR
Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu Matrurupen Sansthita,
Namastasyye Namastasyye Namastasyye Namo Namah.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha Namaskaraan Samarpayami.
Kshma Yachna
Aawahanam Na Jaanami Na jaanami Tav archanam, Pujaam ch na jaanami Kshamattam Parameshwari.
Mantrahinam Kriyahinam Bhaktihinam Sureshwari, Yattpujitam Maya Devi Paripuranm Tadastu me.
Shri Jagadambaye DurgaDevye Namha KshamaYachanam Samarpayami
Arpna
Aum Tattsad Brahmarpanmastu,
Vishnave Namh, Vishnave Namh, Vishnave Namh.
Jai Mata Di!
Please consult your pundit/purohit for more detail process.

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1. Deity (statue/photo), Chunari, Shringaar items 
2. Two big lamps (with wicks, oil/ghee), 
3. Matchbox, Agarbatti 
4. Karpoor, Gandha Powder, Kumkum, gopichandan, haldi 
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