2024 Ram Navami: How to do a Kanjak? Kanya Pujan rituals, importance, and festival

Ram Navami 2024: The season of celebration is arrived. The ninth day of Chaitra Navratri is known as Maha Navami or Ram Navami and is observed annually. The ten-day celebration of Chaitra Navratri is devoted to Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. A different version of Maa Durga is worshiped on every day of the celebration.

The nine manifestations of Maa Durga that are worshiped on each day of Chaitra Navratri are Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandamata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri, and Maa Siddhidatri. Maa Siddhidatri is honored on the festival’s ninth day.

The purpose of Rama Navami is to honor young ladies. It’s said that young girls are manifestations of the goddess Durga. On the day of Rama Navami, adoration is offered to nine females and one boy (langur). They are served the customary bhog of soft coconut, chane, and halwa poori. We refer to this as Kanjak or Kanya Pujan. This is all the information you need about Kanjak.

Customs: Young girls between the ages of two and ten are given baths before being made to sit on a piece of cloth. After that, kalava is knotted around their hands and tilak is put on their foreheads. They are offered the bhog. In some regions of Northern India, bhog is also made with gobi aloo or gobi tamatar. After that, people touch their feet and bring them presents of cash and jewelry. People look for their favors.

Significance: On Ashtami or Navami of Navratri, twice a year, Kanya Pujan is conducted. Little children are said to have the purest souls since they are thought to be devoid of any negative emotions. They are hence revered. It is also said that worshiping nine young girls is equivalent to worshiping Maa Durga in her nine guises.

Celebrations: Drik Panchang states that April 17 is the day when Navami is observed. On April 16 at 1:23 PM and on April 17 at 3:14 PM is when the Navami tithi will take place. The whole nation celebrates Kanjak with great fervor and commitment.

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