Taking a pitcher made of mud or copper, filling it with soil and sowing seven types of grains in it. In several
families this vowed religious observance is undertaken as a family tradition of spiritual practice (kulachar).
This vowed religious observance begins on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of Ashvin. In a
sanctified place in the house a sacrificial fireplace (vedi) is constructed and the female deity with eight arms
seated on a lion and the navarna yantra are installed. Beside the yantra a pot is installed and both the pot
and the female deity are ritualistically worshipped. In the celebration of Navaratra according to the family
traditions of spiritual practice one should install the pot (ghatasthapana) and tie a garland of flowers (mala
bandhan) to it. Soil from a field should be brought home and spread out into a square making it as thick as
the height of two phalanges of the fingers and food grains of five or seven types should be sown in it.
Similarly water, sandalwood paste (gandha), flowers, dûrva (a sacred grass), consecrated rice (akshata),
betelnut, five foliages, five gems or a gold coin, etc. should be put into an earthen or a copper pot (kalash). If
one does not know the Vedic mantras for installation of the seven food grains and the pot (Varun, the deity
of rain) then the mantras from the Purans should be chanted. If one does not know even these then one
should say ‘I offer (the name of the substance offered)’ and chant The Lord’s Name. The garland of flowers
should be tied in such a way that it reaches inside the pot. This vowed observance continues till the ninth
day of the bright fortnight of Ashvin.