Navratri Puja Vidhi
Navratri Puja should be done at an appropriate Puja Muhurat.
First step of Navratri Puja is Ghata Sthapana. At the time of Ghata Sthapana, place a raised platform and put a red cloth on it where you want to put photo or idol of Devi.Near this platform put the clay pot to sow grains. Fill the clay pot with layers of grains and soil. Sprinkle water on it.
Take the Kalash. Fill it with water, sandalwood, flowers, durva grass, rice mixed with turmeric, betel nut, five leaves and coins. After that, place the coconut with husk wrapped in red cloth on the mouth of the Kalash over the leaves. Place the Ghata on or near the clay pot. Put a garland of fresh flowers over the deity. Apply haldi, pinjar, abhir, ashtagandh, sindhoor, sandalwood paste etc the idol’s forehead.
The puja begins with the meditation and innovation of Goddess. Light the lamp and chant mantras to invoke the Goddess.Offer scented water, clothes, jewellery, kumum, kajal, shringar, turmeric, rice, flowers, diya, panchameva, coconut, paan, betel nuts, nav dhanya etc to Goddess Durga.
After Dakshina offering, worship books which are used during Durga Puja while chanting mantra.Kanya Puja is also significant during Durga Puja. Hence after Durga Puja, girls are invited for the sumptuous meal and offered Dakshina
Using the wick, make and light the Akhand Jyoti (the lamp), and the aarti thaali which also contains pulses, dry fruits and spices. You can now perform the aarti to the Goddess.