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The Significance of Ghatasthapana 

Today marks the commencement of Navaratri, a significant nine-night festival in Nepal, also known as Bada Dashain. Ghatasthapana is the inaugural day of the Bada Dashain festival. The significance of Ghatasthapana lies in the belief that during this ceremony, the goddess Durga is symbolically brought into the home. In this day, we fill a special pot or vessel, known as “ghata,” with holy water and seeds. In addition, worshippers perform various rituals to welcome the goddess’s divine presence. It is a time for families to come together, perform these rituals, and seek blessings for prosperity and protection during the Dashain festival. 

The Ritual

The significance of Ghatasthapana is present in the form of rich symbolism and tradition. It involves planting maize and barley seeds in a pot filled with soil, accompanied by Vedic rituals. This ritual marks the initiation of the germination of the auspicious Jamara, the shoots that hold special significance.

The Navaratri or Navaratri Parva is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Nawadurga and spans nine nights. Worshippers have designated each night for the various names of the goddess. The festival begins with the worship of Shailaputri and continues with reverence for deities like Brhamacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalarati, Mahagauri, and Siddhirati.


The Timings

The lunar calendar determines the date of Ghatasthapana. It corresponds to Aswin Shukla Pratipada, which is the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar month Asoj or Kartik. This typically falls in September or October in the Gregorian calendar. The Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee carefully calculates the specific timing for Ghatasthapana to ensure that it aligns with astrologically auspicious moments. 

The Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee has also announced the auspicious timings for other significant events during Bada Dashain. Dashain Phulpati can be brought home at 9:35 am on October 21. We can put on the tika at 11:02 am on October 24. These timings are carefully observed to ensure a harmonious and spiritually significant celebration.

Bottom Line

It is important to remember that Dashain is a special occasion where families come together to worship and celebrate. It is a time to share meals, exchange gifts, and offer blessings to one another. On that note, we would like to wish you all a joyful and harmonious Dashain celebration filled with cherished moments spent alongside your family and beloved friends. Happy Dashain!

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