Kanya Puja in Navratri - Kanjak puja is equally important to Durga puja during the navratri festival. According to “Devi Purana”, when Lord Indra asked Lord Brahma, how to please Maa Bhagwati then Lord Brahma told him that Kanya pujan is the best procedure for it. Kanya Puja (Kumari Puja) is a major custom without which the sadhna of Maa Durga is just incomplete. Kanya Puja (Kanjak) is observed by inviting nine young girls who represent the nine forms of Maa Amba. Also termed as Kanjak Puja, the nine girls stand as a symbol of pure creative forces. Only after completion of Kanya Pujan, navratri vrat is accomplished.
Generally, Kanya Puja starts from the seventh day of Navratri festival but doing Kanya Puja on the eighth day of Navratri (Durgashtami) is the most auspicious day. According to their financial condition, devotees should offer Daan to the little girls to please Maa Durga. Below, you can find the detailed information on Kanya Puja Vidhi in Navratri.
- Invite nine young girls, aged 2-10 to your home and also one small boy. - Prepare delicious meals like Halwa, puri, sweets and chane ki sabji etc for girls. - Light a lamp in front of Goddess Durga and start reading the thirteenth and last chapter of the Saptrishi Path. - Wash the feet of the young girls and apply tikka on their forehead. Also, tie kalawa on their hands. - Serve them food, which you have prepared at home. - After you offer them the Prasad, touch their feet and seek blessings from them. Give them beautiful gifts or money.
It is said that without Kanya Pujan (kanjak) during navratri, the Navratri Anusthan is considered incomplete. During the Ashtami and Navami in navratri, the spiritual fervor reaches at peak. Many people perform Havan at home during these days. Devotees should observe Kanya Pujan during the eighth or ninth day of navratri. This year during Chaitra Navratri, the Kanya Puja 2021 dates are listed below.
According to Devi Bhagwat Purana, Devotees should invite small girl’s age group from 2 to 10 years only. Kanya pujan is not completed without the boy so devotees should also invite a small boy, who is considered the form of Lord Hanuman. If there are more than nine little girls at home, then this is not the problem, you should also welcome them and worship them. Devotees will get the following blessing of Maa Durga if they do the Kanya Puja according to below mentioned age.
Little girls, age from 1 year to 13 year are considered the Kanya Kumari who are invited and worshipped during Kanya Puja in Navratri. During the Kanya Puja, devotees should recite these goddess names to please Maa Shakti. The Devi names of 1 to 13 year’s kanya Kumari are listed below, please check.
Age 1 year - Sandhya Age 2 years - Saraswati Age 3 years - Trimurti Age 4 years - Kalika Age 5 years - Subhaga Age 6 years - Uma Age 7 years - Malini Age 8 years - Kuvjika Age 9 years - Kalasandarbha Age 10 years - Aparajita Age 11 years - Rudrani Age 12 years - Bhairavi Age 13 years - Mahalakshmi
Without Kanya Puja during navratri festival, Navratri vrat is not accomplished so devotees should always perform this ritual according to their financial condition. Kanjak Puja is also performed during Navratri to seek blessings from Maa Durga. The nine forms of the Devi depict special power and people perform this puja with a belief that they would attain Karma, Dharma, Moksha, and Arth. The successful completion of the puja grants all devotees with prosperity, wisdom, peace, fame, and power. In addition, they are also relieved from poverty and other ailments.