Chaitra Navratras starts
Chaitra Navratras is a nine-day festival of worship and devotion celebrated twice a year in the Hindu calendar. Haidakhan Babaji Ashram in India is one of the places where this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion.During the nine days of Chaitra Navratras, devotees of Haidakhan Babaji observe strict fasts and offer prayers to Goddess Durga, the divine feminine energy, and the nine forms of Shakti. The temple is decorated with flowers, lights, and traditional decorations.
On the first day of Navratras, the Kalash Sthapana ceremony is performed, where a pot or a kalash filled with water and covered with fresh mango leaves is kept in the temple. This is considered to be a symbol of the divine presence of the goddess and is worshipped with great reverence throughout the nine days. Devotees observe fasts and perform daily prayers and offerings to the goddess, seeking her blessings for health, wealth, and happiness. They also chant mantras, perform aarti, and read the sacred texts related to the goddess.
On the eighth day of Navratras, Kanya Pujan is performed, where young girls are invited to the temple, offered food, and given gifts. This is considered to be a way of honoring the divine feminine energy that is present in every girl child. On the ninth day, the Navratras are concluded with the Visarjan ceremony, where the kalash is immersed in water, symbolizing the return of the goddess to her celestial abode.