Kalash Sthapana or Ghat Sthapana is the initiation of Durga Pooja during Durga Navratri. Kalash sthapana is performed on the next day to Mahalaya Amavasya or on First day (Padyami / Prathami) during Durga puja. Kalash Sthapana 2013 date or Ghatasthapana 2013 date is October 5.
Vasant Navratri Kalash Sthapana date in 2013 was April 11. Read this post for Navratri Ghatasthapana Muhurat 2013 on October 5.
Kalash Sthapan Puja steps – How to do Kalasha Pooja?
Take a fresh silver or bronze or copper or earthen pot and fill it (upto its neck) with holy water place Pancha pallavas (five types of sacred leaves) or mango leaves. Kalash is decorated with haldi (turmeric powder), chandan (sandalwood powder) and kumkum (vermillion powder).
Keep a coconut on the Kalash and cover it with a blouse piece. The coconut is also decorated with chandan paste.
While chanting the Durga Pooja Kalasha Sankalpa mantra, recite the sloka given below:
Karishyami vratham matarnavaratra manuththamam
Sahayyam kuru mei devi ! Jagadamba ! mamahkhilam
Mother Goddess! I am observing the fruitful Navratra vrata. Jagadamba! Please give me courage, patience and devotion and help me in every aspect during Durga pooja.