In India, Navratri is celebrated twice- once in Chaitra as Chaitra Navratrai and then in Ashwin as Shardey Navratri. According to the Gregorian calendar, the first one falls in March- April and the second one comes in the month of September - October. The celebrations of both these Navratri in India is full of extreme zest and enthusiasm. Apart from the celebrations, there is immense devotion, joy and passion in the country about the arrival of the Goddess of Shakti. In both these Navratri, the devotees of Maa Durga observe fast for the nine days and please Mata Rani with various sholkas and bhajans dedicated to her. In this article, we have dealt with a special aspect of the Pooja, the Pooja Thali and Vrat Bhijan Thali. Read this article to know more about the Navratri pooja thali and Navratri vrat thali in detail.
Navratri Pooja Thali
In order to accumulate the entire Pooja material, it is always better to arrange all the little things required during Pooja into a Pooja Thali. This may consist of things like roli, vermilion, flowers, sacred water, bhog materials like dry fruits and sweets etc. Generally people decorate this Thali in a very artistic manner in order to give more aesthetic look to the pooja. So, once you have arranged all the Pooja items, you simply need to arrange it in a beautiful Thali. The decoration of Thali is not a tedious task either. All you need to do is simply decide what kind of thali you are looking for. Silver, brass or a steel thali, any of them is perfectly fine. You can decorate the Pooja thali by using beautiful clothes, gulal powder or flowers.
Navaratri Vrat Thali
A Vrat Thali is basically the thali that includes of food items for the devotees who observe fast. As, during the fast, it is compulsory to eat only satvik food, there are limited options available for the fast-observers. However, now days, cookery experts have come up with extremely scrumptious recipes out of these limited options. Even in hotels, there is a specific satvik thali available by the name of Navratri Vrat Thali which consists of special food for the people on fast. A Vrat Thali may consist of items like Aloo Sabudane Ki Tikki, Palak Paneer, Sookhi Arbi, Dahi Pudine Wale Aloo, Makhane Ki Sabzi, Shakarkandi Ki Chaat, Pudina Raita, Aloo Papad, Sago Papad, Sawank Ke Chawal, Kuttu Ki Poori among others. You can thus also prepare the satvik thali or Navratri thali as per you own choice.