Why is the Navratri Aarti Special?
The colourful Navratri festival is spread over 10 days and 9 nights. It is one of the most sacred festivals celebrated with great pomp and show in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jammu and West Bengal, along with other states in India. The Hindus worship Goddess Durga or Shakti, who resonates with the energy of the Universe.
Goddess Durga has 9 beautiful forms and all her forms are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri. People show great enthusiasm and zeal in conducting the holy rituals and ceremonies along with dancing away in the nights.
Why Aartis Are Special?
While Gujarati folk dances like garba and dandiya dominate the major craze behind the festival, the Navratri aarti is also quite significant. To make their aartis special, Hindus put in great efforts to decorate their Pooja rooms with colourful rangolis, decorated matkis, beautiful clothes for the idol of Goddess Durga, diyas and aarti thalis. The entire house gathers to sing praises and seek blessings of the deity by performing the aarti. The Navratri aarti is conducted in the mornings and evenings with an aarti thali.
People dress up in fresh and new clothes before offering their prayers. The aarti songs and bhajans are very melodious and mostly in Sanskrit. There is a whole new aura spread in the house when aarti is being performed.
Vivid Decorations to Make Your Aarti Resonate with an Aesthetic Appeal
The Hindus give great importance to their Navratri Aartis. Not only do they freshen up and ensure that they have not consumed any non-vegetarian food, but they also put in great efforts to decorate their Pooja rooms where the deity is being worshipped. If you too want some ideas on how to decorate your Pooja rooms and all the other things associated with your Navratri aarti, then we have got you completely covered. Read the tips below:
No aarti is complete without a beautiful Durga Puja thali that not only glams up the occasion, but also is a great opportunity to showcase your creative skills. A Navratri Pooja thali is used for offering spiritual prayers. There is a lit deepam inside with a wick dipped in ghee, two containers of kumkum and chawal, some sweet prasadam, some coins or currency notes and camphor. These thalis are rotated in clockwise direction in front of the deity along with the aarti hymns being sung. Later kumkum and chawal is smeared on everyone’s forehead. People put in more loose currency in the thali once the aarti is over. So when you decorate your homes with lights, sweets, rangolis and diyas, do not forget to decorate your aaarti thali too.
Easy DIY task to decorate your Navratri Thali: This pretty Navratri aarti thali has a pearl theme:
- Steel Thali
- Red fabric paint
- Medium sized paint brush
- Pearls of different sizes
- Strong glue
- Petal shaped semi-precious stones in different colors – 6
- Paint the thali with red paint.
- Apply a coat of varnish for that final sheen.
- Start decorating with pearls when dry. Make unique design patterns.
- Stick the centre stones. Your thali is ready. Place the diya in the centre for aarti.
2. Flower Garlands
No Pooja décor is ever complete without pretty floral garlands elevating the aesthetic beauty. Flowers symbolise purity, fragrance, freshness and beauty. The Hindus always use flowers in their Pooja offerings. A navrathri aarti is incomplete without the offering of flowers to the deity. Flower petals are often plucked and collected in the aarti thali. These are offered to the deity after the final aarti is over along with chanting of hymns and mantras. Flower garlands are often the easiest way to add beauty and purity to your Navratri décor. Often buying ready-made flower garlands for your Pooja decorations gets too costly. But you can also make these floral garlands at home easily.
Here is a simple DIY video link which shows how floral garlands are made in India for Pooja purpose. You can decorate your Pooja rooms’ entrances by hanging these garlands. These flower garlands can also be used to place on the deity’s neck or on the feet. Small flower garlands are also often placed in the aarti thali and then given to the devotees after the aarti is over.
- Marigolds, rose, jasmine, lotus
- Plastic Strings and thick needle
- Take more of marigolds than the other flowers and start piercing each flower in the centre and sliding them across the plastic string.
- Add rose and lotus flowers in the middle in interesting patterns. Similarly, make small garlands of jasmine too.
- Use the big marigold garlands as floral hangings outside the Pooja room and use the jasmine ones to be kept in the aarti thali and given to the devotees.
Rangolis are an important part of any auspicious occasion in the Hindu culture. People in the south make pretty rangoli decorations outside their homes believing that the Goddess Lakshmi will be happy with the decorations and come into their houses. It also adds allure and beauty to your celebration. During Navratri, women make pretty rangolis with powdered dry and coloured sands or from flower petals to decorate their houses and Pooja rooms. You also get ready-made rangoli designs today, which can be placed on the floor to have your rangoli design ready instantly. This is more practical for those who do not have the time to make a rangoli design from scratch and yet want to elevate their Navratri aarti decorations.
For those who want to make Rangoli patterns at home for Navratri, the following DIY task will give you some ideas:
- Rangoli colours
- Design stencil
- Tea Strainer
- Using a tea strainer, pour any one dark colour on the surface evenly. Make sure you coat the entire square or round block you wish to design.
- Using your finger, make a free-hand design on the colour. Your finger will separate the colour, giving black spaces which will look like a design. Alternatively, you can use a design stencil and pour colour through the pattern on the stencil to have a ready design below on the surface.
- Highlight your pattern with flowers and diyas for the final look.
4. Beautiful Diyas or Deepams
Deepams are the most essential part of any aarti. Fire is considered pure and it illuminates all darkness and ignorance. No Pooja ceremony is complete without the lighting of the lamp. A diya is also lit before the beginning of any auspicious ceremony. For your Navratri aarti decorations, you can paint your diyas to make them look beautiful. You also get ready-made painted and decorated diyas in the market. These diyas are placed in front of the deity’s idol and also kept in the aarti thali. A hand painted diya is always more special than the one purchased from the store as it showcases your interest in the tiniest aspects of your Navratri decoration and also gives you a chance to display your talent.
So if you want to paint your own Navratri diya, here is a small DIY task guiding you how to start:
- Diyas of different shapes and sizes.
- Water colors or fabric paints
- Paint brushes
- Sequins, mirrors, stones and pearls for decorating
- Paint your diyas in different color combinations and designs.
- Let the diyas dry and then decorate them with sequins, stones, pearls and mirrors in different patterns.
- Place these diyas in the entrance of your homes, Pooja rooms, window panes and also make a separate bigger one for your aarti thali.
Just as diyas are an important facet of your Navratri décor, so are matkas. Garba decoration or the ‘Garbu Matki’ suggest decorating earthen matkas for garba. People in the ancient days used to carry their own decorated matkis while performing the garba dance. Matkas are big and so one has a lot of space to imprint their ideas on their surface. This link suggests a Garbu Matki with holy swastika sign, bandhani fabric and warli art – all of which boast of Gujarati culture. If you have any other designs in mind, you can decorate your own matkis and place them near your goddess idol or hang them together in a string and tie the string on the wall.
- Garbu Matki
- Paints and paint brushes
- Mirrors and golden ribbon for decoration
- Tiny piece of bandhani fabric cut in a square shape.
- Start by making a swastika in the centre.
- Draw and paint warli art outside the Swastika symbol.
- On the opposite side of the matki, stick the bandhani fabric in the centre and decorate it with a golden ribbon and mirrors.
- Make any other designs and patterns to fill up the empty space.
6. Golu Dolls
People in South India celebrate Navratri by worshipping their golu dolls. These dolls are pretty clay idols of Gods and Goddesses which are set in a particular pattern for 9 days and worshipped. You can buy these dolls online and then arrange them in your Pooja room or in your hall along with other Navratri decorations.
These dolls are arranged in an odd number of tiers to tell a story. Goddess-related themes are followed for the decoration pattern. The golu display is a very common and highly anticipated festival in South India when families visit each other and exchange gifts. They also have prasadam together and sing devotional songs.
7. Hanging Torans
Finally, the last item to complete your Navratri aarti decoration will be a toran. Ideally, these were made with mango tree leaves, but today, these are made in varied colourful and pretty designs and hung horizontally or vertically on the door entrances. So if you want to celebrate Navratri in the typical way without missing out on any decoration, do get these torans outside your main doors or Pooja room doors before you commence your aartis. When the whole house gathers for aartis, these torans will make your decoration look traditional and beautiful.
Cool Ready-Made Options to Buy Aarti Decoration Online
The online e-commerce sites offer a whole plethora of Navratri aarti decorations online, which make it easier for you to make your décor look perfect. Browse through a few of these listed below along with the sites they are available at.
1. Pretty Aarti Thali
Grab this pretty aarti thali from amazon to complete your Navratri aarti decoration. Priced at Rs.335 on Amazon, this one has a pretty Ganesha image in the centre and plenty of containers to put your haldi, kumkum, chandan, chawal and Prasad for your aarti offerings. There is a red decorative diya and an incense stand too. The thali is quite big to keep your flower petals too. This thali is just perfect and also light weight at the same time.
2. Antique Brass 5 Diya Stand
This antique brass 5 diya stand will complement your aarti decoration like none other. While you have your diya lit in the aarti thali, this additional diya stand will ensure that there is enough illumination while you are performing your aarti. Grab it from Amazon for Rs.2,340. It is made of brass and is quite durable.
3. Hanging Toran
This cage wall door hanging makes a ready-made pretty toran for your Navratri aarti decoration. Priced at Rs.488, these torans are very easy to use. These are made with artificial flowers and pretty metal cages added in the end. Get it from Amazon.
Kindle your Navratri fervour by taking your Aarti Decorations to the next level! Life is made fun and exciting, when you try to keep up with our ancient traditions and customs. Putting an extra effort in making our decorations sync with our traditional customs makes our ancestors happy and also lets our younger ones know the significance of our Indian culture. This Navratri, ensure that you incorporate every element in your aarti decoration and spread festive vibes in the house.