Friday, 30 September 2016

Nava Kanya Pooja During Navaratri Durga Festival

Nava Kanya Pooja During Navaratri Durga Festival
Nava Kanya Pooja During Navaratri Durga Festival
The beginning of spring is considered an auspicious time across the country. It is celebrated as Navratri and is dedicated to the worship of goddess Shakti, the divine energy and creative force that rules the Universe. Kanya Puja, also known as Kumari Pooja or Kanjak Pooja, is the main ritual observed on Mahanavami during Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja, which is also known as Kanya Puja or Kanya Poojan, is a ritual of worshiping the girls whose age is from two years to ten years. The girls more than ten years are not included in the Kumari Puja. Young girls aged between 2 years to 10 years, who is not attained puberty are considered as Kanya for Kanya Pujan.

As per religious scriptures, Kumari Puja is suggested on all nine days of Navratri. On the first day of Navratri only single girl should be worshipped and one girl should be added on coming each day. However many people prefer to perform Kumari Puja on a single day either on Ashtami Puja day or Navami Puja day. In the process of Kumari Puja, the feet of the girls are washed and then they are worshiped with Gandh, Pushpa etc. They are given delicious food to eat. They are also given clothes money etc.

Having developed into a girl of a certain age and before attaining puberty, a female child is considered the most auspicious and the most clear minded and clear souled individual. Such a female child is indeed Devi, who in her later life takes the roles of Parvati as a wife and mother, Lakshmi as a housewife, Saraswati as the first guru of her children, Durga as the destroyer of all obstacles for her family, Annapurna as the food provider through her cooking, Kali as the punisher to bring the members of the family on the right track, so on and so forth...

To recognize that feminine energy vested in virgin girl or Kumari Kanya Pujan is performed. Devotees believe that a kanya is a living replica of the Goddess of Durga. Goddess Durga is worshipped in nine avatars during Navaratri. Some of the forms appear in in Kumari form of the Godess like Bala Tripura Sundari and some other manifestations of Navadurga. One year old girls are not allowed to be worshipped as Kanya as they don’t able to receive bhogas and granthas.

List of Kanya Puja Kanyakas and their age according to Devi Bhagavatam Puran
  • Day 01 - 02 years old Kanya : known as Kumari
  • Day 02 - 03 years old Kanya : known as Trimurtini
  • Day 03 - 04 years old Kanya : known as Kalyani
  • Day 04 - 05 years old Kanya : known as Rohini
  • Day 05 - 06 years old Kanya : known as Kalika
  • Day 06 - 07 years old Kanya : known as Chandika
  • Day 07 - 08 years old Kanya : known as Shambhavi
  • Day 08 - 09 years old Kanya : known as Durga
  • Day 09 - 10 years old Kanya : known as Subhadra
All these 9 girls portray and represents the nine forms of the goddess.

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