Navratri 2021: when is Sharad Navratri? Date, time and meaning; 5 fasting rules to follow
The holiday season has arrived and Hindus across India are preparing to celebrate one of the most important festivals of the year – Sharad Navratri. For the non-learned, we have four Navratris a year – two of which are celebrated with great fervor. One falls in the spring (Vasanta) and is called Chaitra Navratri, and the other falls in the month of Ashwin (September to October). And it’s called Sharad Navratri. A nine-day festival, Sharad Navratri is observed in honor of Devi Durga. For nine days (and nights), nine avatars of the goddess Durga are worshiped, with devotees observing ritual fasts, puja et al.
Sharadiya Navratri 2021: Date and time:
This year Sharad Navratri begins on October 7, 2021 and ends on October 15, 2021 with Viajayadashami (or Dussehra).
October 7, 2021: Pratipada
October 8, 2021: Dwitiya
October 9, 2021: Tritiya
October 10, 2021: Panchami
October 11, 2021: Sasthi
October 12, 2021: Saptami
October 13, 2021: Ashtami
October 14, 2021: Navami
October 15, 2021: Vijayadashami
Sharadiya Navratri tradition: 5 fasting rules to follow:
During the festival, people fast for nine days and seek the blessings of Goddess Durga. Devotees offer their puja and indulge in light Sattvic meals of kuttu attack, sweet potato, sabudana et al. While they indulge in vrat ka khana, others prefer to have fruit throughout the day. And those of us who are familiar with Navratri fasts, are familiar with the popular sabudana khichdi, kuttu puri, singhade ka halwa et al. Fasting rituals can vary from family to family, but there are a few rules that are common to everyone. We will take a look.
Here are 5 basic rules to keep in mind while fasting:
1. Avoid Maida / Atta:
During this time of year, worshipers conventionally include Singhade ka Atta and Kuttu Atta in their meals, instead of regular flour.
2. Avoid common salt:
According to tradition, Sattvic bhojan is prepared with rock salt, instead of common salt. Rock salt not only makes food light, but also provides many cooling properties to our body.
3. Fill up on fruit:
Fruits are a store of energy. That is why it is always advisable to include fruits in our diet to fill up with energy and essential nutrients.
4. Consume dairy products:
Include milk, dahi, lassi, paneer, chaas, etc. to your diet and make up for lost energy. In addition, milk also helps you replenish several essential nutrients, including calcium, fiber and protein.
5. Avoid onion, garlic:
Ingredients like onion, garlic, rice, dal, sooji, etc. should be avoided when preparing the sattwic bhojan for fasting. In addition, alcohol and non-vegetarian foods are also strictly prohibited while observing ritual fasts.