Navratri, the anticipated nine-day long festival, is celebrated across India during the autumn season. The festival commences with Ghatasthapana also known as Kalashsthapana, a traditional ritual that marks the begining of the occasion for nine-days.
Kalash Sthapana or Ghatasthapana holds a special place in Navratri Puja. It’s an age old belief that By performing Ghatasthapana, prosperity and happiness is ushered in the family. Ghatasthapana marks the beginning of Navratri fasting. In 2018, Sharadiya Navratri begins on October 10 and ends on October 18. During this 9-day-long festival, people fast and pray for good health and prosperity. The nine manifestations of Goddess Durga is worshipped, which is initiated by establishing a Kalash in the house. The most auspicious or Shubh time for Ghatasthapana is first one third of the day while Pratipada is prevailing. If due to some reasons this time is not
available then Ghatasthapana can be done during Abhijit Muhurta.
It is advised to avoid Nakshatra Chitra and Vaidhriti Yoga during Ghatasthapana but those are not prohibited. The most important factor to consider is that Ghatasthapana is done before Hindu midday while Pratipada is prevailing.
Ghatasthapana Muhurta = 06:10 to 07:25
Duration = 1 Hour 14 Mins
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Chitra Nakshatra which cannot be avoided
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Vaidhriti Yoga which cannot be avoided
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 09:16 on 9/Oct/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 07:25 on 10/Oct/2018
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