Wishing you all a Happy Navaratri!!
Navrathri is not a big festival at home but it always reminds me of my childhood where I used to visit my friends homes with Golu./Kolu. For folks who don’t know people here in the south arrange interesting dolls and idols on steps. Daily one Prasad would be prepared and tambulya is given to girls and women.
Here is a brief of Navrathri from wiki:
Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga.During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra.” Navratri is a very important and major festival in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka during which the traditional dance of Gujarat called “Garba” is widely performed.
My cousin performs kanya pooja every year, it’s a pooja performed in the presence of little girls so I though all you mommies would like to know a bit on this Pooja. My lil girl is too small else I would have enjoyed performing this pooja at my home.
During Kanya Pujan, 9 girls (unmarried) representing 9 forms of Goddess Shakti, are invited. Their feet is washed and they are offered food. The menu usually includes food that kids love like Puri, Chana, Halwa etc. When they are leaving they are offered gifts or new clothes. I have been to these Poojas when I was little and I totally enjoyed it. The same way we used to enjoy at a birthday party.
Goddess Durga is said to bestows her blessings in the form of wealth, knowledge and prosperity to the one, who performs Kanya Pujan.
Here is the step by step process that my cousin follows:
- Perform pooja to goddess Durga in the morning, you can keep all the gifts that you buy for the 9 girls in the Pooja.
- Cook some kid friendly food, its good to include channa in the food.
- Invite 9 girls home, once they enter touch their feet and put tikka on their forehead.
- Make them sit down in a row and serve them food.
- Give them gifts/clothes again touch their feet and say your byes.
I want to capture these images but my cousin is not performing this pooja this year.
Moms do you perform this Pooja at home?