Vaastu Tips For Navaratri
The Sharadiya (Aswin) Navaratris starts from September 29, 2019 and will end on October 7, 2019. Nine forms of Goddess Durga or Bhagawati (Shakti) are worshiped in these nine days which are supposed to be very auspicious. Vaastu has advocated some simple ways to worship these nine forms of the goddess for all the nine days by which one can get desired results.
- First, the house should be cleaned thoroughly and all unused and useless items should be discarded. There should not be any dirt near the place of worship.
- If there is a temple in the house, hoist the flag of the temple in the northwest only. The puja should be offered facing the east.
- The idol of the goddess should be in the northeast.
- There should be an Akhand Jyoti (continuous flame) in the southeast.
- A swastika should be drawn in the place of worship with turmeric or kumkum. This is to generate positive energy.
- The place should be painted with specific colours like yellow, white, light green etc.
- Fresh red flowers should be offered in the puja.
- While performing the puja, the person should wear specific coloured clothes on each day.
Navaratri and Shaktipeeths:
The Shaktipeeths are places of worship all across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and even Pakistan. Legend says that the body parts of Sati (or Shakti), wife of Shiva, fell at these places where Shaktipeeths were made. Sati’s father King Daksya did not like Shiva and insulted him by not inviting him for a yajna where all kings and deities were invited.
Sati committed suicide by jumping into the fire. Shiva became very angry, killed Daksya and carried the body of Sati and started doing the tandava (dance of destruction). To save the universe, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati into 51 parts with his Sudarshan Chakra. These body parts fell at various locations of the erstwhile Indian subcontinent.
During Navaratri, it is extremely auspicious to visit and offer prayers at these Shaktipeeths. Kamakhya Temple in Assam is one such famous Shaktipeeth where the genitals of Sati supposedly fell.
Vaastu rules for worshiping deities:
Prayers and religious rituals have always taken a special place in Hindu households. One gets a positive feeling after meditation and offering prayers to god. People worship at home, some go to temples or religious gatherings. Different deities are worshiped in the place of puja at home. While doing so, lots of people are ignorant about certain Vaastu rules for performing puja and worshiping deities. Some gods and goddesses do not get along well and they should not be kept together. Also, certain deities should not be kept at home because they may have adverse effect.
- Lord Shani (Saturn) is one such god who should not be worshiped at home. His idol or photo should not be kept at home. Even while visiting his temple elsewhere, certain rules should be followed. It is said that whoever is sighted by Lord Shani, will suffer from troubles. Shani has been cursed for this. So, his picture or idol should not be kept at home. When visiting a Shani Mandir, one should not look into his eyes or feet. However, one can ask for his blessings mentally at home.
- It is advised to worship Lord Hanuman along with Lord Shani on Saturdays. This pleases Shani Devta.
- Besides Shani, the statues or pictures of Rahu and Ketu, Bhairon and Nataraj should not be kept at home. The Nataraj and Bhairon symbolise violence and destruction.
- One should not worship/keep the statue or picture of Goddess Kali with her foot on Lord Shiva’s chest as this form is worshiped by tantriks in graveyards.