!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Navartri !!!!!!!!!!!!
The South Indian Way of Observing Navaratri
The main event during Navrathri in South India is the display of dolls and idols – Golu and the placing of Kalasam, which represents Goddess.
Navaratri puja might seem a huge complicated event for many. You can always perform a simple puja by worshipping the Goddess on nine days by lighting a lamp and offering a fruit as prasadam. Rituals are important but the devotion is certainly more important. Here is a step by step method on how to perform Navaratri Puja.
Getting Ready for Navaratri a day Before
1. Get the house cleaned and ready. You are inviting Goddess into the home. Usually this is done on the Amavasai day, a day before the beginning of Navaratri.
2. Mango leaf festoons are installed on doors, windows and in puja room. Fresh Kolams are drawn.
3. If you are keeping Golu, get all the Golu dolls ready.
4. Decide upon the Bommai Golu Theme.
5. Plan early about the pooja prasadam (neivedya) and also about the gifts that you plan to give to women guests.
Requirements for Navaratri Puja/
Here is Checklist,and guidelinesses for Navratri golu Festivals
1. If you are keeping Kolu dolls, purchase new dolls at least a couple of new ones. The most important doll needed is the Marapachi dolls (Male and Female pair of dolls).
2. A pot for Kalasha or Kumbha (brass pot)
3. Face of Goddess to be stuck on Kalasha. It is fine if you do not opt for this Sweets
4. Ingredients of the Prasadam to be prepared (this depends on what neivediya you are preparing)
5. Betel leaves
6. Betel nuts
9. Usual fruits
10. Usual pooja items like lamp, incense, agarbathis etc.
11. Lotus flower for Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. Jasmine for Durga. Avoid wild flowers.
A day before Navaratri Puja
Navaratri Puja begins on the Puratasi Amavasai day, a day before Navaratri begins. All arrangements are done on this day.
In the evening, Kalasha or Purna Kumbha is prepared. This is an invitation to Goddess to enter your home.
Purna Kumba or Kalash is kept on a kolam in such a place that there is space behind to keep the Bommai Kolu. You can attach a face of Goddess to the Purna Kumbha and decorate the Kumbha with jewelry, turmeric, sandal paste, flowers etc.
Those who do not keep Kolu, keep the Kalash in the Pooja room.
Betel leaves, Betel nuts, a coconut is placed in front of the Kalasha. Cooked rice or boiled and sweetened milk is kept as prasadam or neivedya in front of the Kalasha.
This Kalasha is to be kept for next nine days – it symbolizes Goddess.
A lamp is lit every evening and morning for nine days.
Normal puja is performed.