New Delhi: The much-awaited festival of Sharad Navratri began on October 7 this year and will continue till Vijayadashami (Dussehra) on October 15 respectively. The 9 day festival is dedicated to the worship of Maa Durga in her 9 different avatars.
During Navratri, the whole atmosphere is filled with the festive spirit And the devotees start its preparation a few days in advance. Maa Durga is worshiped during these nine days and Navratri coincides with Durga Puja – both celebrating the victory of good over evil.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated by Bengalis across the world. This year it is starting from October 11 to October 15 respectively.
One thing that remains constant during Navratri is the prohibition of eating onions and garlic for 9 days. But have you ever wondered why? This time we tried to dig deeper into it and found some important information.
In Hinduism, Foods are classified into three categories namely Rajasic, Tamasic and Sattvik food.. It is believed that sattvic foods are those that provide spiritual advancement – this places all vegetarian foods, with a few exceptions, in the sattvik category.
sattvic diet Gives importance to seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, cooked vegetables, legumes, whole grains and meat-based proteins.
rajasic foodsOn the other hand, it has a stimulating effect on the body and mind. It has neither positive nor negative effect on the body.
Food considered to be harmful to the mind or body Vengeful in nature. It is believed that it causes mental lethargy. Since onions and garlic are classified as tamasic in nature, they are banned during the nine-day long holy festival.
Hmm, so now you know why ‘onion-garlic’ stays away from your kitchen during Navratri.
There Four types of Navratri in a year, Each is falling in a particular season.
However, the most common and widely celebrated Navratri are Sharad or Shardiya Navratri (September-October) and Chaitra Navratri (March-April) respectively. Now, during the nine-day long Hindu festival of Maa Durga, devotees observe a fast and seek her blessings from the goddess.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Navratri and Durga Puja!