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Ghatsthapana: Sharadiya Navratra
Wed, 10 October 2018

Ashwin-Sharad Navdurga Kalashsthapana Day
Wed, 10 October 2018

Ghat Sthapan Muhurat - 06:23 am to 07:25 am 
(प्रतिपदा तिथि और लाभ की चौघड़िया का संयोग)

Abhijit Muhurta (Pratipada Tithi Skipped): No Abhijit Muhurta for the day

अमृत चौघड़िया : 07:49 to 9:15
शुभ चौघड़िया : 10:42 to 12:08

अमृत और शुभ चौघड़िया में भी आप घटस्थापन कर सकते हैं । परन्तु ध्यान रहे प्रतिपदा तिथि का अभाव रहेगा। 

* Delhi, India Local Time (IST)
- Pratipada Tithi Until 07:25 hrs of 10 October 2018

The first day of Navratra is called Ghatasthapana, which literally means pot establishing. On this day the kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolising Goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room. The kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cowdung on to which seeds are sown. A small rectangular sand block is made and the kalash is put in the centre. The surrounding bed of sand is also seeded with grains.

The Ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a certain auspicious moment determined by the pundits. At that particular moment the priest intones a welcome, requesting goddess Durga to bless the vessel with Her presence. At several places there is a tradition of sowing barley seeds during the Durga Puja - Navratri period. In this a small bed of mud is prepared in a little container and barley seeds are sown in it. This is placed in the Puja room and cared for during the Navratri period. At the end of Navratri the shoots reach a height of 3-5 inches. These are pulled out and given to devotees as form of blessings.