Unlike Christmas or Diwali, Navratri isn’t just a single day of festivities – it’s ten. Preparing your home for nine nights of celebration might sound like a bit of a nightmare, but it’s actually not as difficult as you may think. If you’re wondering what to do in Navratri to help keep your home looking clean and tidy, here are some great tips to get you started:
What to do in Navratri Before the Celebrations
- Tidy your Home Thoroughly
As you know, Mother Durga is the embodiment of power, and she will only visit homes that exude positivity and powerful energy during Navratri. How can you expect your home to release this positive energy if it’s not well kept? By giving your home a thorough clean – vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning windows, and decluttering – you can help to open your home up to Mother Durga and make it more inviting for guests in general.
One of the most important things about Navratri is prayer to Durga. If you’re setting up a Puja room or mandir for the Navratri festival, it’s important that you keep them clean, and it’s much easier to maintain cleanliness if you make sure they’re spotless before the start of the celebrations. One of the most important things to keep clean is your Durga idol. If it’s made of metal, the best way to remove any dust and dirt is to use a specialised cleaning product (read the label for instructions), but sprinkling some baking soda onto a dampened cloth and wiping can work in a pinch. The baking soda is very mildly abrasive, so it should remove dirt without damaging your idol, but it’s important to test any cleaners on a small, unnoticeable area first to be sure.
What to do in Navratri
Many of us like to make sabudana khichdi at Navratri – it’s quick and simple, and fits in with the fasting tradition of the festival. It also tastes pretty good, too. Unfortunately, those sabudana, while delicious, can be a nightmare to clean once they dry out. As they dry, they begin to stick to your plates and bowls, and it can be difficult to remove them without soaking for hours. During Navratri, try to keep on top of the washing up – if you clean straight after mealtimes, any leftovers will be easy to scrape off, and the plates will be easy to clean with just a bowl of warm water and a good quality dishwashing liquid or bar, like Vim.