29TH JUNE – 8TH JULY 2022
Ashadha Gupt Navratri is observed during the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) in the Ashadha month of the traditional Hindu calendar during the months of June to July.
As with all Gupt Navarathri sadhana, the discipline is a solo tantric journey to the abode of the Devi.
- Red flowers;
- Red fruits (pomegranate is best for Goddess worship);
- Red cloth or saree for the idol;
- Red meditation mat;
- Red shawl to wear during sadhana;
- Pure ghee lamp (with wick facing you);
- Black sesame seed;
- Sesame seed oil;
- Whole betel nut;
- Dried fruits;
- Sandalwood incense;
- Red coloured rice (rice mixed with vermillion powder);
- Yellow coloured rice (rice mixed with turmeric powder); and,
- Rudraksha/Carnelian japa mala.
☆ Create a small altar with you facing East and cover the altar with red coloured cloth before placing the ghee lamps on it.
☆ Place a Sri Yantra in the center of the altar table.
☆ Place red coloured rice in the center of the Sri Yantra with pure ghee lamp (wick facing you), on it for Devi.
☆ Place yellow coloured rice on the left with pure ghee lamp (wick facing East), for Lord Ganesha.
☆ Place black sesame seed on the right with sesame seed oil lamp (wick facing East), for Lord Bhairava.
☆ Place betel nut (uncut/unbroken) above the center of the Devi quadrant for your Guru – connect with your astral/lineage Guru and place Him/Her there.
☆ Offer red fruits to Devi.
☆ Offer dried fruits to Ganesha and Bhairava.
☆ Offer red flowers to all present in your altar.
☆ Offer your obeisance from Day 1 – Day 9 to the relevant Devi.
☆ Day 10 is the called the day in which you surrender your offerings to the running waters (visharjan). Collect all the flowers and offers on a daily basis and surrender your sadhana on Day 10.
PLEASE DO NOT THROW plastic and non-biodegradeable items into the river. The river is that same Devi who absorbs and absolves everything we offer to Her.
DAY 1 ~ SHAILAPUTRI
Om Devi Shailaputriyei Namaha
(108 × 3 malas)
OM AIM HREEM KLEEM CHAMUNDAYEI VICCHE (108 × 5 malas)
Complete your sadhana with:
Guhyati Guhya Goptri Tvam
Grahanasmat Krtam Japam
Siddhir Bhavatu Mei Devi
Twat Prasadhan Maheswari
(Bless me with my daily japa (chanting) and bestow upon me the fulfilment of my prayers).
- This mantra solidifies your sadhana to achieving all boons from the Devi.
- Follow the format according to the days. Finish off with Navarna mantra and the mantra that follows as a closing.
DAY 2 – BRAHMACHARINI
Om Devi Brahmacharinyei Namaha
(108 × 5 malas)
DAY 3 – CHANDRAGHANTA
Om Devi Chandraghantayei Namaha
(108 × 7 malas)
DAY 4 – KUSHMANDA
Om Devi Kushmandayei Namaha
(108 × 9 malas)
DAY 5 – SKANDAMATA
Om Devi Skandamatayei Namaha
(108 × 11 malas)
DAY 6 – KATYAYANI
Om Devi Katyayaniyei Namaha
(108 × 13 malas)
DAY 7 – KALARATRI
Om Devi Kalaratriyei Namaha
(108 × 15 malas)
DAY 8 – MAHAGAURI
Om Devi Mahagauriyei Namaha
(107 × 17 malas)
DAY 9 – SIDDHIDATHRI
Om Devi Siddhidathriyei Namaha
Tomorrow is the start of Ammavasya, the New Moon that ushers in the Ashadha Navarathri or the Varahi Navarathri as Goddess Varahi is the presiding Goddess of this Gupt Navarathri.
Take Sankalpa (set an intention) and ask for your heart’s desires from health to wealth to universal wellbeing. Open your heart to Her and allow Her to witness you in your purest and let Her lead you by your hand and deliver you to exactly where you were meant to be.Most importantly, do not take short-cuts. The path of sadhana is a precarious one, with pitfalls that compels you to observe your own shortcomings. The rules are strict not because it was meant to force anyone into a practise but to unfold the determination of our soul to achieving everything we set out to achieve.
Go on your own. Discover YOU. Make it about your journey and then, about Her. Reinvent the narrative of your life and take charge of your commitment to you – for when YOU find YOU, you find HER!
May you receive the abundant blessings of the Devi. Jai Maa!
SUJATA NANDY WORLD GURUKUL