Navratri Fast

Here’s a guide to all the fasting rules you should be following and these guidelines include the basic dos and don’ts of fasting .

Navratri Fast is observed by the Hindus during the month of Ashvin as per Hindu Lunar calendar, for nine days. This year Navratri falls from 6th to 14th of April.

As per legend Goddess Durga herself narrated the rules of the fast to an ardent devotee with which one can attain moksha or enlightenment.

The Fast

Navratri Fast
The Fast
  • During these nine days people take bath in the morning and evening and follow a rigorous fast with only water.
  • Most devotees have a single meal a day after offering prayers to the Goddess in the evening.
  • Some remain on a diet of only milk and fruits during the entire length.
  • Non-vegetarian food, garlic, onion and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • Some devotees opt to keep a fast one day for every three days of the fast.

Spices And Herbs That Are Allowed

Spices for Navratri fast
Spices And Herbs That Are Allowed
  • Cumin or cumin powder.
  • Black pepper powder and rock salt (sendha namak).
  • Green cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Dry pomegranate seeds.
  • Ginger including dry ginger powder.
  • Green chilli and lemons.
  • Carom seeds
  • Coriander, mint leaves, and curry leaves
  • Dry mango powder, chaat masala, and red chili powder.

Stay Healthy this Navratri

Navratri Fast and Fasting Rules
Stay Healthy this Navratri

Navratri fast is actually very scientific. Navratri occurs twice a year; one during change of season from winter to summer and the second when the chill of the winter season starts setting in. Our immunity is lower during these periods and thus it is advisable to eat healthy, light and nutritious food. Here are a few tips on eating healthy during the Navratri festival:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink ample amount of water and other fluids like milk and fruit juices.
  • If you are taking mid-day meals opt for dry fruits and roasted makhanas to avoid acidity.
  • Sabudana or tapioca helps in boosting energy. Try including it in the meal that you partake.
  • Yoghurt will keep you cool and fresh
  • The potassium content of the rock salt to be used will be helpful in digestion, relieving gas and soothing heart burns.
  • Instead of binging on unhealthy options like pooris and pakodas have fruits salads.
  • Instead of deep frying the Indian savouries, try baking or grilling.
  • Paneer is one of the most healthy food items, easy to digest and a rich source of calcium. The good news is it is allowed during Navratri. Include it in your meals.
  • Maintain a balance in the intake of food items.

What can be eaten in Navratri fast?

Fruits and vegetables.
What can be eaten in Navratri fast?
  • Kuttu Atta
  • Sabudana
  • Sama Chawal
  • Makhana
  • Legumes and pulses
  • Dry fruits.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Dairy products.
  • Non-vegetarian food, garlic, onion and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • No consumption of alcohol, drugs, eggs, non-vegetarian food, onions, garlic during this period.

How many days do we fast for Navratri?

  • fast is observed by people for seven or eight days, depending upon when they want to conduct the Kanchika Pujan ,when young girls are worshiped.
  • Some devotees opt to keep a fast one day for every three days of the fast.

Why do you fast for Navratri?

  • Those who fast give up on their regular food and switch to lighter food items,and hence, easily digestible and good for our body too.
  • Many people also restrict themselves from consuming water on the days of fasting. This no-food-no-water fast is known as Nirjala Vrat.
  • It is believed that people who worship Maa Durga and fast during that period get blessed with prosperity, health and wisdom.
  • It helps in removing all forms of toxins/impurities in my system.

Why is rock salt allowed and table salt not allowed during navratri fast?

  • Navratri fasting emphasizes on the consumption of foods that are light and have mild effects on the digestive system. Sendha namak has cooling properties as compared to the other salts that are hot in potency. It cools your body from within. It is low in sodium and high in potassium.
  • Sendha namak is unprocessed form of salt. Table salt, on the other hand, is created by evaporation and is also iodized. It is processed to remove contaminants with the help of filtering and other treatments. Sendha namak, on the other hand, is free from any chemical processing or environmental pollutants.

Wishing you all a Happy Navratri. Jai Mata Di!

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