How to Make your own eco-friendly GhatasthapanaThe first day of Navaratri is known as Ghatasthapana or Kalasha Sthapana. Kalash (Ghat) means a vessel made out of gold, silver or copper. But mostly a kalash made out of clay is used. Sthapana means to install. Therefore Ghata Sthapana or Kalasha Sthapana means installing a pot filled with water.
Where to do the Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana:-
The best place in a house to do the Ghata Sthapana or Kalasha Sthapana is in a direction called Eshanya (the north east corner) of the house. If no place is available then Ghatasthapana can be done preferably in a place so that we face east while doing the pooja to the Goddess. If not any other direction would also do, the only restriction is that the devotee performing the prayer to the Goddess should not see the South direction. The reason being that the lord of South direction is Lord Yama and any prayer or Namaskaram done seeing south would be taken by Lord Yama and hence it is best avoided to do puja facing south.
Process of doing the Ghata Sthapana: : How to perform?
Once the place is selected, clean the place. If possible clean the place with cow dung. Then the Kalash is placed over mud brought from the banks of the river. If mud from river or lake is not possible it is ok to use the mud used for plants in the house. Turmeric, Gold/Silver coin or a rupee coin is placed inside the Kalasah, water is poured, flowers, sandalwood paste is added. Some people would cover the pot or the vessel with an inverted coconut, before which mango leaves are kept around the opening. Some would simply close the pot or vessel with a red cloth. After the Kalash is ready, seeds of Barley are sowed in the mud surrounding the Kalasah or Ghata. Some people would sow seeds of nine kind of cereals in the mud. By the end of Navaratri, the plants from the seed would have grown upto 4 or 5 inches and are given as Prasad to the devotees and family members.
Best time to do Ghatasthapana or Kalasha Sthapana, Time of Ghata Sthapana
What to eat during Navaratri?
It is advised that devotees avoid Non –Vegetarian food during the Navaratri and if possible should only eat fruits and milk in the night. If that is not possible one can have meals in the night or can even have some snacks.