Kalash Sthapana or Ghatasthapana is the most important ritaul performed on the first day of the Navratri festival.
Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana is basically invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds which grow by the last day of the festival which is Maha Navami or the next day i.e., Dusshera.
In 2013, Navratri will be celebrated from 5th to 13th October 2013.
Muhurat Timing for Kalash Sthapana / Ghatasthapana for Navratri 2013 :
As per hindu panchangam, the best time to perform the ritual of Navratri Ghatasthapana is on 5th October 2013 from 06:02:05 to 06:56:09 am IST.
You can also do the Kalash Sthapana during Abhijit Muhurta from 12:00 pm to 12:56 pm.
Note : You need to complete the ritual on 6th October 2013 before 5:24 am (morning) as the first day Navratri Tithi ends at this time.