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Navratri 2021: When is Sharad Navratri? date, time and importance; 5 fasting rules to follow

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The festive season has arrived and Hindus across India are gearing up to celebrate one of the most important festivals of the year – Sharad Navratri. For those unaware, we have four Navratri in a year – two of which are celebrated with great enthusiasm. One falls during the spring season (spring) and is called Chaitra Navratri, and the other falls in the month of Ashwin (during September–October). And it is called Sharad Navratri. Sharad Navratri, a nine-day festival, is celebrated in honor of Goddess Durga. For nine days (and nights), nine incarnations of Goddess Durga are worshipped, with the devotees observing ritualistic fasts, pujas, etc.

Sharadiya Navratri 2021: Date and Time:

This year, Sharad Navratri will start from October 7, 2021 and end with Vijayadashami (or Dussehra) on October 15, 2021.

October 7, 2021: Pratipada

October 8, 2021: Dwitiya

October 9, 2021: Tritiya

October 10, 2021: Panchami

October 11, 2021: Sasthi

12 October 2021: Saptami

13 October 2021: Ashtami

October 14, 2021: Navami

October 15, 2021: Vijayadashami

(Source: www.drikpanchang.com)

Sharadiya Navratri Tradition: 5 Fasting Rules to Follow:

During the festival, people fast for nine days and seek blessings from Goddess Durga. Devotees perform their puja and enjoy light sattvik food made from buckwheat flour, sweet potato, sago etc. Others like to eat fruits throughout the day while eating fast food. And those of us who are familiar with the Navratri fasts are well aware of the popular Sabudana Khichdi, Kuttu Puri, Singhade Ka Halwa etc. Fasting rituals may vary from family to family, but there are certain rules that are the same for everyone. let’s take a look.

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Here are 5 basic rules to keep in mind while fasting:

1. Avoid maida/flour:

During this time of the year, devotees traditionally include water chestnut and buckwheat flour in their meals instead of regular flour.

2. Avoid Common Salt:

As per tradition, sattvik food is prepared with rock salt instead of normal salt. Rock salt not only makes the food light, but also provides enough cooling properties to our body.

3. Load on Fruits:

Fruits are a storehouse of energy. This is the reason why it is always recommended to include fruits in your diet to be full of energy and essential nutrients.

4. Consume Milk Products:

Include milk, curd, lassi, paneer, buttermilk etc in your diet and make up for the lost energy. In addition, milk also helps to fuel you with many essential nutrients, including calcium, fiber and protein.

5. Avoid Onion, Garlic:

Onion, garlic, rice, lentils, semolina etc. should be avoided while preparing sattvik food for fasting. In addition, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are also strictly prohibited during the ritualistic fast.

Happy Navratri 2021, everyone!

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