In India, we celebrate Navratri as one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu culture. Also, the people perform various rituals and offer prayers to the almighty. The most celebrated Navratras in the country are Sharada and Chaitra Navratri. The Ashadha and Magha Navratri, are known as Gupt (meaning secret or unknown)which is celebrated by the Sadhaks (seeker) of Tantra Sadhana (practice). It is also called Secret Navratri, which falls on Magh month where Pratipada will start from 12 February till 21 February. This auspicious day is celebrated for 10 days. It is believed that the devotees who are inclined towards Tantra Vidya keep a fast during Gupt Navratri and will get the blessings of the Goddess. On Gupt Navratri, the devotees worship nine forms of Durga 

Apart from all the forms of Goddess Durga, devotees also pray to the Ten Maha Vidyas such as,

  • Kali

  • Tara Devi

  • Tripura Sundari

  • Bhuvaneshwari

  • Chhinnamasta

  • Tripura Bhairavi Mata

  • Dhumavati Mata

  • Bagalamukhi Mata

  • Matangi

  • Kamalatmika. 

The important dates and times to start the puja on Gupt Navratri are given below.

  • Gupt Navratri start date 2021: 12 February 2021, Friday

  • Gupt Navratri end date 2021: 21 February 2021, Sunday

  • Kalash Establishment Muhurta Timing: 08:34 am to 09:55 am.

  • Abhijeet Muhurta Timing: 12 noon to 13 minutes from 12 to 58 minutes

Also, people believe that the mantras chanted on this auspicious occasion to Goddess Durga will reap many benefits in all aspects of life. On Gupt Navratri, people who believe in tantra-mantra sadhana perform usual ritual practices and secret tantric activities. 

  • Akhand Jyoti is lit for 9 days.

  • Kalash Sthapna is done.

  • Durga Saptashati path and Markhandev Purana are recited in front of Devi Durga idol.

  • Also, fasting is observed for all days of the Navratris. 

  • After installing the idol of Goddess Durga for the worship, a red vermilion and golden-coloured Chunri are offered. Then water, coconut, bananas, apples, kheel, batashe are offered to Maa Durga.

  • On Gupt Navratri, by lighting a lamp with mustard oil, chanting the mantra ‘Dun Durgayai Namah’ gives you the desired results.

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