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KALASH STHAPANA AND NAVRATRI

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ शैलपुत्री रूपेण संस्थिता। नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥

Kalash pooja is an ancient spiritual practice. Navratri starts with Kalash sthapana. Kalash represents Ishwar who is invoked to reside in the Kalash.
The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita, the elixir of life, and thus viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom, and immortality. Kalasha is a container of fertility - the earth and the womb, which nurtures and nourishes life. Mango leaves symbolise pleasure aspect of fertility.
The coconut represents prosperity and power. The water in the Kalasha represents the life-giving ability of Nature. Thus, the Poorna-Kalasha symbolizes Devi as the manifestation of Dharti Mata with all her resources.
The most auspicious time of Kalasha installation is after one-third of Pratipada has passed. If due to some reason you cannot install the Kalash at that time, then you can also install it in Abhijeet Muhurta.
Maa Shailaputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. Shailaputri, the daughter of mountains, controls the moon. Therefore, by wishing Maa Shailaputri, it is believed that it keeps the person away from all the bad effects of the moon.
Shailputri carries Trishul in her right hand and a lotus in her left hand. She is mounted on Nandi (bull) and because of this, she is also known as Vrisharudha (वृषारूढ़ा). Her favourite flower is Jasmine.
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