Navaratri is here and you must be already decked up with all your preparations for this most significant festival of the Hindus. As the name states, the festivity spread across 9 consecutive nights and it is celebrated in different parts of India in different ways. While many take the Navaratri vrat and observe the Navaratri fast to get the blessings of the feminine power, there are also many who enjoy this festival reveling with friends and family.
In Andhra Pradesh “BatukammaPanduga” is celebrated during the Navaratri, whereas in the state of Karnataka, “NaadaHabba” is celebrated during these auspicious days. In West Bengal, Durga Puja is celebrated during this time. In different forms, during Navaratri the Hindus worship the feminine power, MaaDurga, Maa Lakshmi and Maasaraswati. So, this is a festival of feminine powers that protect the earth and the creation.
Navaratri symbolizes the victory of good over bad and during Navaratri, being aware about the special significance of these nine days is important for every devotee.
Cleaning your home and giving it a fresh look just before the Navaratri is an age old custom in many Indian Hindu homes. It signifies not only the mood of the festive but is also linked with creating an ideal environment for praying the goddess and seeking her blessings. Before we get to the Navaratri special decorations for your home, first let us take a quick look at the Navaratri Vrat and the Navaratri fast.
The navaratri vrat and the fast
A devotee observing Navaratri vrat can opt for a strict fasting or a partial fasting depending on his/her feasibility and preferences. It can be observed by both males and females of any age. However, it is strictly advised that children, elders, pregnant or lactating mothers should take special care and precautions before observing the fast.
There is a wide flexibility in the number of days, a devotee performing the Navaratri vrat may fast. The 9 days of Navaratri are divided as tamasic, rajasic and sattvic and three days come under each of these sections. Devotees can fast only on the first days of each of these three sections of the nine days or they can even chose to fast only on the first and the last day of the 9 days of Navaratri.
Normally the people observing the vrat take an early bath during the day and perform the puja of the divine feminine power in the form of Devi Durga or Mata Rani. The puja procedure usually includes lightning of diya in front of the idol or picture of the devi and chanting mantras and slokas from the DurgaSaptashati. Offering or prasadam also make an important part of the total puja procedure.
The fasting procedure
The fasting procedure during Navaratri varies from state to state and also from families to families. Many devotees take only one time sattvicmeal during the day and replenish the water requirements of the body with fruit or vegetable juices or only with water at other times. It is said that during this fasting, every food or liquid consumed should be taken very slowly, so that the pranic energy of the food or drink is completely absorbed by the body of the devotee.
It is said that during the fast, the devotee should consume in lesser quantities so that there is never an excess of food in the body. Devotees may break their Navaratri fast on the eighth or ninth day of Navaratri and finish their vrat with Kumaripujan and Brahmin Bhojana.
A devotee observing the Navaratri Vrat is not allowed to include particular grains and flours in their meals. These flours and grains include, rice or rice flour, wheat flour, maida, besan andsooji. Oats, flaxseeds, corn flour and even use of oil that is extracted from seeds is not allowed for preparing the food for the devotees.
Vrat takers should not also include onion or garlic in their meal preparations. Consumption of lentils, legumes, common salt, turmeric, asafetida, mustard, fenugreek and non-veg foods is prohibited for the vrat observers. Coffee, alcohol and smoking should also be abandoned by the devotees during the vrat.
When it comes to the Navaratri Decorations you can find a great many options that varies extensively from state to state and culture to culture. While at some parts of the country decorating the whole home with fresh flowers and flower garlands is a norm, in many states colorful and beautiful rangolis make the center point of Navaratri decoration. Many also prefer decorating their homes with beautiful lights and different types of other decorations that is sure to give the house a fresh look.
One thing that lies at the core of Navaratri decorations is cleanliness and hence before starting with the decorations, ensuring that every corner of your home is well cleaned, is important. People also opt for a new coat of paint for their home just before the Navaratri to ensure that their houses are clean and bright while they seek the blessings of the Devi.
Here are some of the special Navaratri decorations that you can get easily sitting right at your home and give your house a fresh look this Navaratri. Read on,
Decorate the puja room or your home with these beautiful environment friendly Flower Fairy string lights this Navaratri and see how the look of your home changes. These lights are easy to install and needs no wiring. They do not even need electricity to be powered as they use 1200Mah capacity solar panel and are charged on their own during the day. These lights are waterproof and can also be used to decorate outside your home or the garden during this Navaratri.
Adding some beautiful and well-crafted Laxmicharan stickers in your puja room as well as beside the doors is considered as a custom during the Navaratri vrat. You can easily get these stone studded acrylic made hand crafted devicharan stickers to add to the overall decoration of your hone. Each of these feet pairs come in a size of 2×2 inch and being hand crafted you can expect them to be just perfect and of the best quality.
Navaratri decorations can be hardly complete without diyas and this special golden diya set is just ideal for decorating the mandir of devi, the puja room as well as your home during Navaratri. These diya lights has an exact look of diyas and if you are looking for an easier option than lighting and maintaining strings of diya, this diya light set can be a good choice. This beautiful diya shaped decorative lights are just ideal for Navaratri decorations.
If you want a special decoration for your home this Navaratri, spend in this 11” Durga Idol that is sure to add to the overall look of your home. This idol is made from solid brass and will last for generations. The colorful stone work on the brass statue makes it look really exquisite. The idol weighs 4Kg and can be one of the best home decorations you can buy this Navaratri.
This floating diya holder can actually give your Navaratri decoration a complete look. The elegant design along with the gorgeous color combination looks just perfect for Navaratri decoration. You can decorate the puja room as well as any part of your home with this tasteful diya holder. Being made with crystals the holder will reflect the light, giving a new dimension to the total look.
Decorate your home this Navaratri with this beautiful wall hanging face of Devi Durga. This wall decoration piece is made from brass and can be an ideal Navaratri special addition to your puja room or home décor. The piece comes in the size of 11.4 x 2.5 x 14cm and weighs 472 gm. This piece will last you for generations and can also be a great gift for the Navaratri.
A beautiful and gorgeous puja chowki can actually add a lot to the overall decoration of the puja room. This hand crafted decorative puja chowki has a 10×10 inch dimension and is made with multi colored stones studded on a strong wooden base. This item has been made by the skilled artisans of India and you can see utmost perfection in its making. Add this gorgeous puja chowki to your puja room this Navaratri.
Decorate the doors of your home with these simple traditional “Om” design door hangings that match perfectly with the theme of the Navaratri season. These doors hangings come in a set of two and are 8 inches in length. The hangings have brass finish and can be a really nice addition for your home this Navaratri.