Shardiya Navratri Ghatasthapana
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Dvi-Svabhava Kanya Lagna
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 07:45 on 2/Oct/2016
Ghatasthapana is one of the significant rituals during Navratri. It marks the beginning of nine days festivity. Our scriptures have well defined rules and guidelines to perform Ghatasthapana during a certain period of time at the beginning of Navratri. Ghatasthapana is invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it wrong time, as our scriptures forewarn, might bring wrath of the Goddess Shakti. Ghatasthapana is prohibited during Amavasya and night time.
The most auspicious or Shubh time to do Ghatasthapana is first one third of the day while Pratipada is prevailing. If due to some reasons this time is not available then Ghatasthapana can be done during Abhijit Muhurta. It is advised to avoid Nakshatra Chitra and Vaidhriti Yoga during Ghatasthapana but those are not prohibited. The most important factor to consider is that Ghatasthapana is done before Hindu midday while Pratipada is prevailing.
We also consider Lagna and try to include Dvi-Svabhava Lagna into calculated Muhurta. During Shardiya Navratri Dvi-Svabhava Lagna Kanya prevails during sunrise and if suitable we take it for Ghatasthapana Muhurta.
The factors which are prohibited for Ghatasthapana are afternoon, night time and any time beyond sixteen Ghatis after sunrise.
Ghatasthapana is also known as Kalash Sthapana or Kalashsthapana.
Abhijit Muhurat is the 8th Muhurat out of 15 Muhurats which prevail between the sunrise and the sunset. The time interval between the sunrise and the sunset is divided into 15 equal parts and the middle portion of fifteen parts is known as Abhijit Muhurat.
If the sunrise occurs at 6 a.m. and the sunset occurs at 6 p.m. for a particular location then Abhijit Muhurat would start exactly 24 minutes before midday and would end after 24 minutes of midday. In other words Abhijit Muhurat for such a location would be between 11:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. of the day. Due to seasonal change of sunrise and sunset timings, the exact time and duration of Abhijit Muhurat is not fixed.
It is believed that Lord Shiva killed demon Tripurasur during Abhijit Muhurat. Further, Abhijit Muhurat has blessing of Lord Vishnu who destroys innumerable Doshas with His Sudarshan Chakra during the currency of this Muhurat.
Abhijit Muhurat is also known as Abhijin Muhurat, Chaturtha Lagna, Kutub Muhurat, and Swami Tithiyansha Muhurat. Muhurat is also spelled as Muhurta and muhurtham. The counter part of Abhijit Muhurat is Nishita Kaal which prevails during midnight.
It should be noted that Abhijit Muhurat is not suitable on Wednesday as it forms a malefic Muhurta on this weekday. Abhijit Muhurat is also not suitable for Manglik activities like marriage and Upanayana ceremonies.
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