Why in Navratri different foods are eaten
Navratri is the time of the year when devotes believe that Maa Durga with her nine different forms comes to visit them .
The idols of Maa Durga are decorated with kumkum, flowers and Jewellery like bangles, Payal,necklaces etc . All shingar articles are also kept near the idol of the divine mother.
The aroma of desi ghee fills the atmosphere . Different types of sweets and fasting delicacies are seen in all the shops and house holds .
Devotees worship Maa Durga in her different forms for nine days. She is believed to have nine different incarnations and each female deity signifies a distinct power. The word ‘Navratri’refers to the nine auspicious nights celebrations , during this time people observe fast or eat total Satvik food .
During Navratri most devotes give up non-vegetarian food while many others also eliminate onion and garlic from their meals.
Usually a large part of north, west and central India observes a fast on all nine days. Some people may choose to fast only on the first and the last day of the festive period. Fasting is a way to pay your gratitude to the divine mother .
Traditionally, the consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian food is considered inauspicious and unholy but there is also sound science behind it. During these fasts people avoid eating meat, grains, alcohol, onion, garlic etc.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, these foods attract and absorb negative energies and should be avoided during a seasonal change as our bodies tend to have low immunity around that time.
Navratri festivities give a chance to get back to the roots. The Ingredients like kuttu atta, singhara atta, fresh fruits ,vegetables, milk, yogurt and makhanas are preferred as they are light on the stomach and can be digested easily.
During making of Navratri food the regular salt, is replaced with rock salt or sendha namak as it is pure and unprocessed.
Those who do not wish to fast may follow a vegetarian satvik diet where ingredients like garlic and onions that produce heat in the body are avoided to allow your body to detox.As it is believed that the Satvik food helps the devote in devotion.
Jai Mata Di
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