First day was observed as the day of silence, it being the day of Shri Ganesha, Shri Ganesha is
worshiped this day. And do Ghata Sthapana.
Background and concept behind the puja of Ghatha Sthapana on the first dayof Navaratri
The first day of Navratri is signified by the Puja of the God’s desire to create theUniverse … which is called Ghatha Sthapana (Laying Of the Foundation), and then thepuja of Shri Ganesha which was the first creation of the God. The puja of Ghatha Sthapana is performed to offer our prayers and gratitude to the God’s desire for creation of the Universe and the subsequent evolution of life in this Universe. Symbolically the desire of the God is kept in the Kumbha and the creation of the universe takes place gradually in an evolved manner around this desire, which is represented by sowing the seeds of life in the soil around this kumbha and the subsequent growth of thewheat shoots (which signifies life) around this Kumbha.
Symbolically the Kumbha also represents the Sacrum Bone in human beings. Thesacrum bone contains the pure desire. On this auspicious day, we should all pray to ShriMataji to awaken our pure desire to become one with Her, the All Mighty
List of items required for thr first day:
- Kalash (made of Earth or Copper or Brass )
- 10 Leaves of Pan or Mango
- One coconut unshaved
- Kumkum paste
- Akshada (Rice mixed with Haldi & Kumkum),
- Loose flowers
- Small Garland for neck of Kalash
- One Parat (big plate) of Earth or Copper or Brass
- Loose Earth (soil) to fill 3/4thof the parat
- Wheat Grains (50 gm approximately)
- Vibrated Water
How to keep the Ghata:
All the members of the family or collective can sit and meditate.... all the things should be kept ready before itself cleaned and vibrated. A basic small meditation can be done.
After that on behalf of the collectivity or the family one or two people can do the rest of the installing of the ghata.
You can decorate the place where ghata is going to be kept with kumkum.We generally keep the ghata on the left side of Shri Mataji altar. Place the basket which is filled with soil in a big plate or on a red cloth or something. sprinkle vibrated water in soil. keep the earthern pot (Kalash) which is filled with vibrated water in the middle. now take the coconut in both palms with complete attention on sahasrar and together chant ganesha atharvasheersh after that with complete devotion place the coconut on the earthern pot. ( procedure same as kalasha sthapana we do normally ).
Then take the Wheat Grains and sow it around the earthern pot in the soil.Then sprinkle some vibrated water.
Do Kalash Puja and offer a pinch of haldi. kumkum and akshatha and a flower ( or a small Garlad ) to the ghata . We can also worship and decorate the Lamp as it also has great significance.
Every day morning we can change the garland or remove the old flowers on ghata and sprinkle some water for the grains show a small aarti and meditate. In Evening we can again show a lamp and meditate. After one or two days the sprouts will stat coming.... by ninth day all the small small plants will cover up the coconut
6. अथ कलश पूजा
कलशस्य मुखे विष्णु,कण्ठे रुद्र समाश्रितः |
मूले तत्र स्थितो ब्राह्मो मध्ये मात्रुगनास्म्रुतः ||
कुक्षौ तु सागरास्सर्वे सप्त द्विपा वसुन्धरा |
ऋग्वेदोऽपि यजुर्वेद: सामवेदो ह्यथवर्णः ||
अन्गैश्चसहिता सर्वे कलशाम्बुसमाश्रिताः |
अत्र गायत्री सावित्री शान्तिः पुष्टिकरी तथा ||
आयान्तु देव पूजार्थं दुरितक्षयकारकाः |
सर्वे समुद्राः सारिताः तीर्थानि जलदानदाः ||
गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वती |
नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलेय्स्मिन्सिन्सन्निधिंकुरु ||
गंगा दि सर्वतीर्थेभ्यो नमः कलश पूजां समर्पयामि.||
6. Kalash Pooja
Kalashashya Mukhe Vishnu, kanthe rudra samaashritah.
Moole tatra sthito brahmo madhye ganaasmrutah. ||
Kukshau tu saagarssarve,sapta dvipaa vasundharaa.
Rugvedoapi Yajurvedah, samaveda hyathavarne.||
Angaishcha sahitaa sarve,kalashaambusamaashritaah.|
Atra gayatri, savitri shanty pushti kari tathaah||
Aayaantu deva poojartham,durita kshyakaarakaah |
Sarve samudraah saritaah tirthani jaladaanadaah||
Gangecha yamune chaiva,Godavari saraswati. |
Narmade sindhu kaveri,jaleysmin sannidhim kuru. ||
Gangaadi sarva tirthaabhyo namah kalash poojaam samarpayaami. ||
"Today is not only the worship of the kumbha where the kundalini resides, but the kumbha becomes the flower pot...the kumbha becoming flowers and the flowers becoming light, and the lights with fragrance...come up to that...we have to change the world into a beautiful place...keep your attention on the source of power.." (HH Shri Mataji Navratri Puja 1990)
Shri Ganesha is worshiped and it is observed as a day of silence. We take the name Shri Shaila-putri (Daughter of the mountain). The embodiment of the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, She rides a bull and carries a trident and a lotus in Her two hands. The 1st day of Navaratri signifies God's desire to create the universe which is called Ghata Sthapana (Laying Of the Foundation) and Shri Ganesha is worshiped as the first creation. Ghata Sthapana also involves symbolically growing grains in a Kalash (copper pot).
Do Ganesh pujan on this day and Avahana of Shri Mataji in the form of Shri Gauri. Chant Shri Ganesh Atharvashirsha. Establishment of Shri Ganesha Qualities within us.