Tuesday, April 5, 2011


  1. Do not start Navratri Fasting in new moon's pratipada; second day mingled with Pratipada is the best day to start Navratri Fasting.
  2. Navratra pooja is done two ways by Kalash Sthapana and without Kalash Sthapana.
  3. Navratri Kalash Sthapna should not be done at night.
  4. Worshiping young girls is also a ritual in Navratri.
  5. For worshiping girls, they should be in between two to ten years of age.
  6. In an inability situation husband can do the rituals at place of his wife and wife can also do the ritual at the place of her husband.
  7. Since Lord Shiva is a form of day and Goddess Bhagvati is a form of night so prayers must be offered at night also.
  8. Goddess Bhagwati is fond of all kinds of red flowers and loving all white flowers with nice fragrance.
  9. Fasting should finish on Navmi or Dashmi.
While fasting
  1. Eat one meal a day and on one sitting.
  2. The food should be without onions and garlic and pure vegetarian.
  3. First the devotee should offer prayers and food to MataRani and then eat the meal as prasad.
  4. Do chant "JAI MATA DI" nine times before starting and after finishing the meal.
  5. It should preferably be taken after sunset. (If the time after sunset is not possible, then any other time is also fine, but should be taken after offering prayers and as prasad.)
  6. During the rest of the day, fruits, juices, milk and kheer could be taken. (However, some devotees keep fast for all the days by consuming only fruits or liquids This is purely the devotee's choice and offering to the Great Maa Vaishno Devi.)
  7. Please note it is not a compulsion to keep fasts for devotees who have health problems, medical reasons or for any other problems. MataRani is all-knowing and kind and showers her blessings on all her devotees.
  8. During Navratras, the devotee must keep his mind, body and thoughts pure.
  9. Try and visit MataRani temples and offer prayers and Aarti daily during this period. You should start the prayers with the name of LORD GANESHA with Ganesh Vandana.
  10. Try and light a JYOT in front of MataRani picture or statue. MataRani is also called JYOTA-WALI and is present in the flame which becomes holy.
  11. Try and sleep on the floor during this period. Do not shave or cut hair during this period.
  12. Try and avoid wearing black cloths and leather during the period of fasting.
  13. The devotee observing the fasts should avoid sensual and procreation activities during this period.

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