Haridwar, Kashi – : In Hinduism, the nine days of Navratri hold great significance for the worship of Goddess Durga. Devotees eagerly await these auspicious days to express their devotion towards the divine Mother. Navratri occurs four times a year, with the first Navratri falling in the bright half of Chaitra month, the second in the bright half of Ashadh month, the third in Ashwin month, and the last in Magha month. Among these four Navratris, two are considered Gupt Navratris, where the worship of Goddess Durga is performed publicly and secretly. In this article, we will explore the worship methods, importance, and dates of the upcoming Gupt Navratri in the Ashada month of 2023. Additionally, we will delve into the significance of worshiping the 10 Mahavidyas during this auspicious time.
Auspicious Time for Kalash Worship in Gupt Navratri
The Gupt Navratri festival celebrated during the Shuklapaksha of the Ashada month will commence on June 19, 2023, this year. According to the Panchang, the Pratipada date of Shuklapaksha of Ashada month will begin at 10:06 am on June 18, 2023, and conclude at 11:25 am on June 19, 2023.
As per the Panchang, the auspicious time for the establishment of Kalash for the worship of Gupt Navratri will be from 05:23 to 07:27 in the morning on Monday, June 19, 2023. Additionally, Ghatasthapana can be performed in the Abhijit Muhurt from 11:55 am to 12:50 noon.
Importance of Worshiping Goddess in Gupt Navratri
During Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri, devotees follow the practice of worshiping the nine sacred forms of Shakti. However, in Gupt Navratri, there is an additional divine form of Goddess Durga, making it a total of 10 Mahavidyas. These 10 forms include Maa Kali, Maa Tara, Maa Tripura Sundari, Maa Bhuvaneshwari, Maa Chinnamasta, Maa Tripura Bhairavi, Maa Dhumavati, Maa Baglamukhi, Maa Matangi, and Maa Kamala.
The worship of these 10 Mahavidyas holds immense significance in the realm of Shakti worship. It is believed that secretly worshiping these goddesses during Gupt Navratri can fulfill the deepest desires of devotees in an instant.
Worshiping the 10 Mahavidyas during Gupt Navratri
To worship the Goddess during the Gupt Navratri of the Ashada month, devotees should wake up before sunrise and purify themselves both physically and mentally. They should then place the idol or picture of the Goddess on a holy post covered with a red cloth in an auspicious time. The idol should be sanctified with water from the sacred Ganges.
Before commencing the worship, it is customary to sow barley seeds in an earthen pot and sprinkle an appropriate amount of water on them throughout the Navratri. Afterward, devotees should set up the urn for the mother’s worship and recite the Durga Saptashati, chanting the mantras with utmost devotion and faith while keeping an uninterrupted light lit.
Gupt Navratri in the Ashada month of 2023 is an auspicious time for worshiping the divine Mother in her 10 Mahavidya forms. By following the prescribed methods of worship and expressing sincere devotion, devotees can seek blessings and fulfill their wishes. May this Gupt Navratri bring prosperity, joy, and spiritual growth to all who observe it.
- Q: What is Gupt Navratri?
A: Gupt Navratri refers to the secretive worship of Goddess Durga during Navratri.
- Q: When does Gupt Navratri occur in the Ashada month of 2023?
A: Gupt Navratri in the Ashada month of 2023 starts on June 19th and ends on June 27th.
- Q: Which 10 Mahavidyas are worshipped during Gupt Navratri?
A: The 10 Mahavidyas worshipped during Gupt Navratri are Maa Kali, Maa Tara, Maa Tripura Sundari, Maa Bhuvaneshwari, Maa Chinnamasta, Maa Tripura Bhairavi, Maa Dhumavati, Maa Baglamukhi, Maa Matangi, and Maa Kamala.
- Q: What is the significance of worshiping the 10 Mahavidyas?
A: Worshiping the 10 Mahavidyas during Gupt Navratri is believed to fulfill the deepest desires and wishes of devotees.
Q: How should one perform worship during Gupt Navratri?
A: Devotees should wake up before sunrise, purify themselves, set up the idol or picture of the Goddess, sow barley seeds, and recite the Durga Saptashati with devotion.