Ghatasthapana or the installation of the urn takes place on the very first day of Navratri. This is also known as Kalash Sthapana in many places around the country. This day has a special significance in the realm of Hinduism. It has been said that Navratri’s beginning is marked with this day’s observation. The Pratipada Tithi of Chaitra and Sharad Navratri is the day when the Ghatasthapana takes place by following all the due rites and rituals.
Sanatan Dharma follows the practice of worshiping Lord Ganesha before any Puja or auspicious work. In Hinduism, the Kalash is considered equivalent to Lord Ganesha and hence there is the tradition to establish Ghat on the first day of Navratri. Let us now go further and know some special rules associated with Ghatasthapana and discover some additional information associated.
Ghatasthapana: Puja Vidhi
- First and foremost, collect an earthen pot and place all the 7 types of grains in it.
- After this, fill some water in the urn and tie Kalava in its upper part and then keep it in an earthen pot.
- Place Ashoka or mango leaves on the Kalash/Ghat.
- After this, wrap Kalava in a coconut.
- Now, wrap the coconut in a red clean cloth and place it on the top of the urn and in the middle of the leaves.
- Invoke the concerned deity after completion of the Ghatasthapana.
Navratri Day 1: The Day of Goddess Shailputri
Along with Ghatasthapana, there is also a tradition of worshipping Maa Shailputri on the first day of Navratri. Mata Shailputri was born in Himalaya, the great mountains and that is the reason she was named Devi Shailputri. Maa Shailputri’s vehicle is a bull or Vrishabha and holds a trident in one hand and a lotus flower in the other.
Significance of Goddess Shailputri’s Worship
Beliefs state that by worshiping Maa Shailputri duly on the first day of Navratri, happiness comes flowing to a person’s life, all the wishes of the person get fulfilled and one’s married life also becomes fruitful.
According to astrology, the nine Goddesses worshiped during Navratri also have connections with the nine planets, which are very crucial to astrology, and therefore, if nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped lawfully, then the malefic effects of the concerned planets can be avoided or removed. Since we are talking about Goddess Shailputri today, we would like you to know that Maa Shailputri is believed to be related to the planet Moon and by worshiping her duly on the first day of Navratri, the malefic effects of the Moon present in any horoscope can be lessened.
Why is Water Kept in the Ghat?
While setting up the Kalash or the Ghat, it is especially advised to take special care that the Kalash should never be empty. Always fill the Kalash with water. But the question that arises is why water should only be used and nothing else? While answering this question, we would like to tell our readers that it has been mentioned in the scriptures that the Kalash should never be established without water. Betel leaves, Saffron, Akshat, Kumkum/vermilion, flowers, betel nut, cotton, coconut, Molly and grains, etc. are always kept in the Kalash. By doing so, happiness, prosperity, positive energy, etc. remains in the life of the person and in the house.