Navratris are the most religious and pious 9 days in Hindu calendar that fall twice in a year. But those which fall in the chaitra month of Hindu calendar carry more significance. People celebrate navratris with full devotion and dedication. They follow pious activities and eat pure food food only which is satvik.
Those who are the devotees of of the goddess Durga worship her 9 forms during these days. They keep fast for these days and break it on the last day of navratris by offering prasad of halwa, poori and chana or any other offering of own wish as per the capacity.
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There are many rituals which one can observe based on the capabilities and faith. One of the main activity that devotees follow in navratris is the placement of khetri in their temple. Khetri is actually “Jau (Barley)” which is sown in an earthen pot. People place a khetri in navratris with a religious reason.
What is Khetri?
Khetri is an earthen container or pot in which sand is poured. This is followed by sowing jau or barley seeds into it. A little or no water is needed daily for 9 days so that the seeds can be germinated.
Description of Jau (Barley) is mentioned in mythological stories and is related with the formation of universe.
Significance of Khetri during Navratris
People who do observe navratris fast and durga saptashi paath, place khetri in their home. Navratris begin with Chaitra month of Hindhu calendar. People observe fasts for nine days. But it is not mandatory for every one. Those who cannot observe for 9 days, they need not to keep fasts. Goddess Durga does not curse or punish anyone for not keeping fasts as she loves all her kids. She is happy with the devotion and faith of people.
Why only jau is used in Khetri?
It is believed that when the universe was formed, it was jau which was the first crop. This is why jau is also known as the “full crop”. This is why we offer to god the very first crop which is jau during hawans or pooja.
Jau helps in predicting about future’s happening also many times. It is believed that if jau grows faster at home, there is more prosperity and happiness to be coming in the home. If the seeds do not germinate in 2-3 days, it is said that one has to struggle more and do hard work.
Also if it does not grow or the growth is very less, there is something unlucky or bad going to happen in the near future.
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