Maha Saptami which is also known as Saptami of Durgapuja is one of the important days of Durga Puja celebrations. The Maha Puja (also known as Great Ceremony) starts on Maha Saptami.
Durga Puja is a Hindu festival and is celebrated across the country with the worship of Goddess Durga who protects us from all the evil forces and gives immense happiness, luck, and prosperity in life. On this day we worship the ten-armed mother goddess and celebrate her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.
Apparently, the world was under great threat from the demon Mahishasura, that no God could defeat him. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god.
The Maha Saptami begins with the bathing ceremony of Navapatrika. Here, the nine plants (banana, pomegranate, turmeric, jayanti, ashoke, bel, arum plant, colacassia and paddy) are all tied together with a sacred thread and are taken to the river Ganges at pre-dawn for bathing.
Now, here the question arises what is the significance of these nine plants? So, during the war, Devi Durga created ‘Ashtanayika’ (eight goddesses for war). These eight Goddesses of war and Devi herself symbolize “NavDurga”. Here, the nine plants stand for each impression of the Goddess.
Bathing ceremony cannot be complete without Maha Snan. Goddess Durga is treated as a dearest daughter and to perform the Maha Snan, a mirror is placed in a way that proper reflection of Goddess Durga can be seen in the mirror. After that, the mirror is given a ritualistic bath which is known as Maha Snan.
Another ritual known as Pran Pratishtha is performed after that in which water is placed in a vessel and is kept before the Goddess. A bunch of coconut leaves (5 leaves) are placed inside the vessel. It is believed that the priest consecrate the Goddess on that vessel with divine chants and hymns. Then the goddess is worshipped with sixteen special puja items.
On this auspicious day of Maha Saptami, Sacred meal (Bhog) is prepared in which special dishes are offered to the Goddess which is then distributed among the devotees as Prasad.
Pandals are set and are illuminated with beautiful lights and garlands.
It is believed that, on the day of Maha Saptami, Maha Puja begins and devotees also perform Kalratri Puja.
Maha Saptami Shubh Muhurat, Date Time:
Maha Saptami will be celebrated with great joy and happiness on Sunday, October 5 this year. For which people have been engaged themselves for a long time. Maha Saptami falls on the 7th day of Navratri. On this day, worship of goddess Kalratri, the seventh form of Maa Durga, is worshiped. Durga Puja is a famous Hindu festival celebrated mainly in south Asia that worships the ten-armed goddess Durga.
Dates of Sharadiya Navratri:
Note: throughout the navratri, puja can be
performed at any time from 6:05 am to 9:00 pm.
05 October 2019: Seventh day of Navratri, Saptami, Katyayani Pujan.
06 October 2019: Eighth day of Navratri, Ashtami, Kalratri Pujan, Kanya Puja.
07 October 2019: Ninth day of Navratri, Navami, Mahagauri Pujan, Kanya Pujan, Navami Havan, Navratri Paran
08 October 2019: Vijayadashami or Dussehra
Maha Saptami Puja Vidhi Vidhan:
As, Maha Saptami falls on the seventh day of Navratri so, on this day, there is a custom to worship Kalratri, the seventh form of Maa Durga . This form of energy is the destroyer of enemies and evil people. Maa Kalratri is the goddess who killed the demons Madhu and kaitabh. Worshiping and observing Maa Kalratri on Saptami brings special fruits. It is believed that by worshiping with complete rituals and practice, the mother grants all the wishes of her devotees. Not only this, the devotees of the mother are not afraid of any ghost, or any evil power.
Maha Saptami Tithi is very important in Durga Puja,which is also called the method of Maha Saptami Puja. From this day, the doors of the Mother Goddess are open for her devotees. To start the puja, we invite the family members of Maa Kalratri, Navagrahas, Dashadaikpal. First of all, worship the urn and the deities present in it. After this, Goddess Kalratri is worshiped. On starting, with the method of worship, worship the Goddess with flowers in hands and pray her with all your heart and soul. . After Puja, Kalratri mother should offer her favourite jaggery. After offering bhog, distribute it and keep a plate for a Brahmin.
Maha Saptami Wishes and Quotes:
1. ‘May this joyous festival fill your life with the colours
of happiness, luck and prosperity, that brings joy to you and your
loved ones. May the divine blessings of Maa Durga be
always with you. Happy Maha Saptami’
2.Let all of us celebrate the victory of good over evil,
The victory of mankind, The victory of love, The victory
of truth. Wish you a very happy Maha Saptami.
3. This Maha Saptami I wish to thank Ma Durga
for the times,You held my hands,
Through the tough times when I needed you the most.
And you simply made it much easier
For me to face rough tides.
4. May the festival
removes all worries, anxieties from your life,
And gives you immense strength to face
every strife. Happy Maha Saptami
1. May,this festival brings a lot of colour in our lives. May the bright colours dominate in your life and brings lot of happiness. Happy Durga saptami
2.May Maa Durga sparkle Your Life With Countless Blessings Of Happiness. Happy Durga Saptami.
3.Goddess Kalratri removes all darkness from your life and gives you luck and prosperity. Happy Maha Saptami.
4.Ma Durga is a Mother of the Universe, she represents the infinite eternal power of the universe and is a symbol of a female dynamism. Happy Maha Saptami.
5.May Goddess DURGA give prosperity to you and to your family. May her blessings be always with you. JAI MAATA DI. Happy Maha Saptami.
6.May Maa Durga bless you and your family with 9 forms of blessings- name, fame, wealth, prosperity, happiness, education, health, power and commitment. Happy Maha Saptami.
7. Our heartfelt Greetings to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Maha Saptami . May Maa Durga always protect & bless all of us.
8. May the blessing of Maa Durga always guide us on the right path and help us in all our endeavors. Warm wishes of Maha Saptami to all
9. Happy Maha Saptami. May the divine blessings of the goddess of supreme power, Maa Durga, be with you always! Jai Mata Di! 10.May goddess Durga shower you and your loved ones with immense happiness, peace and prosperity!
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