Durga Puja 2021: Maha Saptami 2021 is celebrated every year on the seventh day of the Darker fortnight in the month of Ashwin, which is falling on 12 October this year.
Durga Puja 2021: Sharadiya Navratri is slowly coming to an end and today i.e. on October 12, Mahasaptami will be worshipped. Mahapuja is performed on the seventh day of Navratri and it is also called Mahasaptami.
Durga Puja and Mahasaptami have special significance among the Bengali community. On this day Navpatrika Puja is performed in the morning. That is, Maa Durga is invoked from a bunch made by mixing nine types of plants. This time Nav Patrika is falling on 12th October. Let’s know the Navpatrika worship method and its importance
Navpatrika Puja Timings
The seventh Navapatrika Puja of Navratri takes place which is this time on Tuesday, October 12. Saptami started on 11th October at 11:52 pm and will end on 12th October at 09:49 pm
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Mahasnan on Maha Saptami
The day of Saptami is celebrated as Mahasaptami and Mahasnan has special significance on this day. It is believed that on the day of Saptami, by placing a mirror in front of the idol of Goddess Durga, the image of Goddess Durga falling on it is bathed and this is called Mahayana.
Navratri worship method
Navpatrika is worshiped on the day of Mahasaptami and the day begins with the holy bath of nine plants. These nine plants are invited to the river or pond as Maa Durga and are called Navapatrika.
Nine types of leaves can also be used instead of plants. These leaves are tied with yellow thread to the twigs of white Aparajita plants. The nine forms of Maa Durga are represented by tying these leaves together. These are the nine plants and the representation of God:
Bael leaves – Lord Shiva
Ashoka leaves – Goddess mourning
Rice Paddy – Goddess Lakshmi
Banana Plant – Goddess Brahmani
Arum Plant – Goddess Chamunda
Turmeric Plant – Goddess Durga
Pomegranate Leaves – Goddess Raktadantik
Jayanti Plant – Goddess Kartiki
Colocasia Plant – Goddess Kalika
After the Mahayana, the Navapatrika is decorated in a white sari with a red border and the leaves are coated with vermilion.
After this it is installed on a decorated seat. Then it is worshiped with flowers, sandalwood paste and incense sticks. Keep in mind that Navpatrika is placed on the right side of the idol of Lord Ganesha.