Anvla navmi Puja is observed on Shukla Navami day during Kartik month as per Hindu calendar. It is observed two days before Dev Uthani Ekadashi. It is believed that Satya Yuga began on the day of Akshaya Navami. Hence Akshaya Navami day is also known as Satya Yugadi and it is very significant for all sorts of Daan-Punya activities. As the name Akshaya suggests, the reward of doing any charitable or devotional activities on this day would never diminish and would benefit the person not only in this life but also in next incarnations.
The day of Akshaya Navami is as significant as the day of Akshaya Tritiya. While Akshaya Tritiya is Treta Yugadi, the day when Treta Yuga out of four Yugas began, Akshaya Navami is Satya Yugadi.
The Parikrama of Mathura-Vrindavan of the auspicious day of Akshaya Navami is very significant. Thousands of devotees circumambulate twin town of Mathura-Vrindavan to earn the maximum and never diminishing Punya on the auspicious day of Satya Yugadi.
The day of Akshaya Navami is also known as Amla Navami. Traditionally Amla tree is worshipped on the auspicious day of Akshaya Navami. In West Bengal, the very same day is observed as Jagaddhatri Puja when the Goddess of Satta, Jagaddhatri is worshiped.
Preparation for the Puja
Anvla navmi Puja is of special significance for women. This day ladies perform special puja and pray before Indian Goose Berry Tree or Aanvla (Amla) tree. If the aanvla tree is not present in close vicinity of the house, a small branch of the tree can be brought to the house for performing puja.
- Indian Goose Berry Tree or Aanvla (Amla) tree or branch of the tree.
- Water in a kalash
- Roll, moli, chawal, jaggery, batasha
- Raw white thread, moli
- Doop, deepak, matchstick
- Money for offering
- Saree, blouse—piece and dakshina for Brahminis (optional)
- Blouse piece (either red, yellow or pink in color)
Puja of Aanvla Navmi is performed by women for the well being and prosperity of their family. On the day of Aanvla Navmi, women rise up early in the morning and then take bath and wear new or washed clothes (Pure).
All women of near by places gather and move to the place where aanvla tree is present and if the tree is not present then branch of the tree is brought and set in mud or kalash filled with water.
Puja is always performed in a particular direction. This puja for Aanvla Navmi is performed while facing towards east. First, water is offered to the tree followed by milk, moli, roli, chawal, jaggery, batasha, aanvla, blouse piece and some money.
Deepak and Dhup (Lamp) are lit before the tree then all ladies put tilak (Auspicious red color Mark by roli) on their forehead.
The special trend of Parikrama is practiced in which women revolve around the tree for 8 or 108 times and while moving they wrap the raw white thread or red moli (Red sacred thread) around the aanvla tree.
After performing Parikrama, all women sit together and read or listens Katha associated with Aanvla Navmi. Katha of Bindaayakji is read after the katha of Aanvla Navmi. There is also the practice of keeping few grains in the hand during katha and later placed in kalash filled with water placed near aanvla tree.
There is also tradition of inviting the Brahmini for food and presenting clothes and dakshina (money).
Women should include goose berry or Aanvla in their food on the day of Aanvla navmi.