Navratri 2022: Important Rules of Kanya Puja and Its Meaning on Ashtami and Navami

Navratri 2022: Maha Ashtami or Durga Ashtami is celebrated across the country on October 3, 2022. The 9-day festival marks the victory of good over evil and the end of the battle between Maa Durga and the demon Mahishasura. This year, Shardiya Navratri started on September 26 and ends on October 4 with Navami puja and Dussehra/Vijayadashami on October 5.

On the auspicious occasion of Ashtami, several Hindu households hold Kanjak or Kanya Pooja, where nine girls who have not yet reached puberty are welcomed into their homes by washing their feet. The ritual is followed all over India but is very popular in regions such as Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

On Maha Navami, some families decide to perform Kanjak or Kanya Puja. What exactly is the purpose of worshiping these nine little girls? Let’s find out.

What is Kanya/Kanjak Puja?

Devi Bhagwat Puran says that young girls worshiped on this day are the embodiment of goddess Durga. The worship of nine girls and one boy (known as Langur) for the same reason is also known as Kanjak Puja or Kanya Pujan, and is also accompanied by good food (bhog). Kanjak puja is performed because it is believed that children have the purest souls because they have no harmful feelings. And worshiping nine maidens during this Pujan is similar to worshiping Goddess Durga in her nine avatars.

Kanya / Kanjak puja muhurat

Ashtami Tithi starts on October 2, 2022 at 6:47 PM and ends on October 3, 2022 at 4:37 PM, after which Navami Tithi will start.

Navami Tithi starts on October 3rd from 4:37 PM to October 4th at 2:20 PM.

Shubh Muhurat – 10.41 am to 12.10 pm

Amrit Muhurat – 12.10 am to 1.38 pm

Meaning of Kanjak / Kanya puja

On Ashtami or Navami (the eighth or ninth day of Navratri), Kanjak puja is performed. It is an additional way to show the Divine Goddess your gratitude. Nine girls are welcomed into the house and showered with presents and tasty bhog. The nine divine forms of goddess Durga – Sailaputri, Brahmacharini, Andraghanta, Kusamanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalarati, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri – embodied in these young girls who have not yet reached puberty are worshipped.

Kanjak / Kanya puja rules

– Nine girls who have not yet reached puberty are welcomed into the house.

– These young girls and 1 boy (langur) have their feet washed and dried before being asked to sit on a cloth.

– Kalava is tied around their wrists and a tilak is placed on their foreheads.

– They are then treated to halwa, puri and kaale chane after receiving the soft coconut prasad. In different regions of Northern India, Chane is often prepared alongside Sattvik Aloo Gobhi or Aloo Tamatar.

– The young girls also receive gifts including cash, jewelry, clothes and other items.

– By touching their feet and seeking their blessings, people say goodbye to them.

Kanjak / Kanya puja bhog

Hot, fuzzy pooris are made from atta as part of the bhog. Delicious suji halwa, made from semolina whipped in milk and ghee, is another Kanjak favorite. Usually cardamom, almonds and coconut shavings are used to flavor and garnish the delicious halwa. Pistachios and raisins are other options. Another essential part of Kanjak bhog is the delicious Kala chana which is baked in a sea of ​​comforting spices such as jeera. The young girls are also given dried fruit and coconut pieces.

Let us all seek the blessings of Devi Maa and bid this Navratri appropriately and profusely farewell. Happy Ashtami to everyone who celebrates it!

(Disclaimer: The information in this article is based on general assumptions and information. Zee News does not confirm this.)

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