Chaitra Navratri 18 March 2018, Sunday
2018 Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana
Ghatasthapana Muhurta = 06:31 to 07:46
Duration = 1 Hour 15 Mins
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi
Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls during Dvi-Svabhava Meena Lagna
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 18:41 on 17/Mar/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 18:31 on 18/Mar/2018
Chaitra Navratri. Ghatasthapana Muhurta and Sandhi Puja Muhurta are more popular during Shardiya Navratri but these Muhurtas are also needed during Chaitra Navratri.
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 an invocation of Goddess Shakti and doing it wrong time, as our scriptures forewarn, might bring the 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.
DrikPanchang.com team takes care for all conditions and exceptions to find the best time to perform Ghatasthapana and we do it for 20,000+ cities all over the world (we also generate daily Panchangam data for 20,000+ cities). In other words, we don’t use Muhurta calculated for one city for any other city to make sure we consider all local factors like sunrise, sunset, midday, ascendant and last but not the least DST, if applicable.
You will find many sources which advice taking Choghadiya Muhurta to do Ghatasthapana but our scriptures don’t advise to take Choghadiya Muhurta. DrikPanchang.com team researches all authentic sources and follows only those rules which are well documented in Vedic scriptures. However, if you want to choose Choghadiya Muhurta you can take it from Choghadiya page but we don’t recommend it to use for Ghatasthapana.