A holy festival of all Hindus that echo women power. Goddess Durga and her nine avatars reign nine days of Navratri. The day starts with Mahalay as all across the nation’s invite Maa Durga to ascend down on Earth. Four Navratri hail every year but two among them are vividly celebrated. Chaitra Navratri and the ongoing Sharad Navratri. Navratri Fasting, Navratri Garba, Navratri Foods, all are the major attraction of the Navratri festival.
Nine days are mainly pious and auspicious for all Hindus. People perform several rituals to pay homage to Maa Durga. With immense devotion and loyalty, people please Maa Durga. From waking up in the morning to bathing in the Ganges and paying tribute, devotees do all. Poojas and havans mark the immense faith and trust people owe. Among all, the Navratri fasting is one of the holiest things done to please Maa Durga.
Kanjak Pujan – Navratri Significance
The eight-day of the festival has its significance. Kanya puja or the Navratri kanjak poojan is held all over the world. Elder wake up early, take a bath and then make arrangements for the puja. Girls who are yet to reach the poverty stage are worshipped. Nine girls represent nine forms of Maa Durga. Wash their feet, tie a moli (A thread) and a Tilak on their forehead. Then worship them, offer prasadam or bhog as puri, sabzi, halwa, and also Chana. You must worship at least two girls for the Kanjak pujan. You can also give them gifts and money with fruits being an obligation. One of the most pious offerings is to worship small girls besides pleasing MAA Durga.
Navratri Fasting: Significance
People consider VRAT (Fasting) as the authentic way to please the deity. Where some opt for a two day fast the first and the last day, many prefer fasting for the entire nine-day window. Besides keeping a fast for a religious purpose, a scientific logic adds more importance to the fast. Navratri is it, Chaitra or Shardiya marks the transition of season. Doctors believe that it is time of the year when your immune system is low. And so you are prone to more diseases. Keeping a fast during these days detoxifies your body making you healthy and clean. An excellent way to fortify yourself.
What To Eat In Navaratri Fasting
Navratri Fasting foods have no specific Navratri Fasting rule. While few opt for a light diet that induces only fruits, some go for a full diet as kuttu ki Puri, Singhade ka pakode, sabudana ki Khichdi or Sabudane ka halwa. Many restaurants are offering special dishes as VRAT thali. The choice solely depends upon the person doing Navratri fasting, its family culture and tradition and varies from community to community. Some opt for eating once a day while few eat before sunset. One thing that remains common among all is avoiding alcohol and nonveg dishes.
Some of the most common foods to eat include in your Navratri Fasting are:
- Samakya Chawal ka atta
- Singhare ka atta
- Kuttu ka atta
- Paniphal flour
- Vrat Rice
- Rajgira ka atta
- Sweet potato
- Raw Banana/Papaya
- Dry fruits
- Sabudana products
- Phool Makhana
- Milk food products
Things You Need To Take Care Of:
- Do not consume grains or flours apart from the one mentioned above.
- You can eat all kinds of fruits.
- Prefer Rock Salt for foods of fasting.
- Refrain from eating non-veg foods
- Don’t take alcohol the nine days
- Avoid aerated drink and smoking too.
Fasting is something you do wholeheartedly. So even if by mistake you eat something wrong or forget something don’t worry. Keep your heart clean and also pure. Please, Maa Durga with full devotion.