Indians make an offering of food to the God and later partake of it as Prasada a holy gift from Lord. What we offer is Naivedyam. When it comes back to the devotee it becomes Prasada.
During Navratrinine differentmanifestion of Maa Durga is worshipped. These goddess are pleased with special offering of bhog. All the offerings have their own significance.
On the first day of Navratri goddess Shailputry is worshipped. Pure ghee (clarified butter) made from cow’s milk is offered to devi to get bless with diseases free life.
On the second day of the auspicious ratri Devi Brahamacharini (the way to emancipation or mokhsha) is worshipped with offerings sugar as bhog. Sugar is offered to increased longevity of the devotee and their families.
On the third day of Navratri goddess Chandraghanta (the advocate of bravery) is worshipped offering milk/kheer/sweet (made from milk) to get rid of pains & sorrow of human life.
Goddess Kushmanda (creator of the universe) is worshipped on the fourth day of Navratri. She has been offered Malpua ( fried dollop of wheat batter dipped into sugar syrup). It is believed that offering Malpua as bhog helps devotee to improve mental ability & to get right decision.
On the fifth day of the puja better to say on the day of Durga Panchmi Devi Skandmata( commender-in-chief of Gods in the wr against the demon) is worshipped. Banana is offered to Mata as bhog. We all know banana is one of the widely used fruit of any auspicious occession. Offering banana as bhog to devi helps devotee to keep the physique healthy.
Sixth day of Navratri devi katyawani ( attainder of wealth & salvation) is worshipped. She is also known as warrior goddess. Honey is offered her to to make the devotee charming & attractive.
The seventh day i.e.Mahasaptmi is dedicatedto Mata Kalratri. This form of goddess Parvati destroys ignorance & removes darkness. Jaggery is offered on this day for the removal of evil powers.
On eighth day of Navrtri or the day of Durga Ashtami goddess Maha Gouri (who possess invincible powers and destroys all the distress of devotees) is worshipped with coconut as bhog. Offering coconut as bhog to devi helps to mitigate all the sins of the devotees.
Ninth or last day of the Navratri goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped. Devi bestows of all types of knowledge to her devotee. Sesame (very nutritious grains) is offered to Mata to get rid of fear of death and unlucky incident.
JOY MATA DI