The Chaitra Navratri falls during the month of March-April according to the Gregorian calendar. And this year Chaitra Navratri will start from tomorrow i.e. March 18, Sunday. The festival is going to continue till March 25. This is a Hindu festival and is celebrated for nine days. But this year as the ashtami and navami are falling on the same day so the Navratri will be celebrated for eight days instead of nine days. This festival is solely celebrated to worship Goddess Durga and her various avatar. Durga Maa is considered as the epitome of power. People of different states celebrate this particular festival.Also Read - Happy Durga Ashtami 2021: Send SMS, Greetings, WhatsApp Status, Messages, Prayers to Loved Ones
Chaitra Navratri falls in the month of Chaitra and so it is termed as ‘Chaitra Navratri’. It also marks the beginning of Hindu New Year.This festival is all about enjoying, partying, fasting and so on. So, when it comes to fasting you should follow some specific rules. (Also Read: Chaitra Navratri 2018: What Food to Eat and What to Avoid While Fasting) Also Read - Covid Impact: In This UP Temple, Goddess Durga Wears a Face Mask & Priests Offer Masks as ‘Prasad’
Fasting Rules You Should Follow:
1.You should consume Kuttu ka Atta (buckwheat flour) or Singhare ka Atta (water chestnut flour) during this festival. And for making kheer, khicdi or dhokla you can use Samai Ke Chawal or Samvat Ke Chwaal (barnyard millet) instead of normal rice. And Sabudana can be consumed as well. Also Read - Chaitra Navratri 2021: Here's How You Can Celebrate Lord Ram's Birth Amid COVID19 Crisis
2. Use rock salt or Sendha Namak during Navratri fasts. Do not use normal salt. Rock salt is pure and not subjected to processing according to Ayurveda. And Sendha namak does not contain high amounts of sodium chloride and it is very good for health. (Also Read: Chaitra Navratri 2018: Date, Importance And Significance Of The Day)
3. As far as the spices are concered, you can consume all kind of spices. But many devotees avoid turmeric, mustard, garam masala, dhania powder and hing as they increase the heat of the body.
4. During all the nine days of fasts, it is best to consume all kinds of seasonal fruits such as apples, musk melon, mangoes, etc. You can also consume dry fruits.
5. While fasting few vegetables get more preferences like arbi, sweet potato, lemon, pumpkin, potatoes, etc. You can also consume carrots, tomatoes, spinach, cucumber, etc. You should strictly avoid onion, ginger and garlic.
6. In dairy products, you can consume paneer, curd, malai, ghee, etc. To keep your body hyderated throughout the day you should consume butter milk and lassi.
7. Use desi ghee and peanut oil to prepare your dish. Do not use seed-based oil or refined oil.
8. For other food options you can have Sonth ki Chutney (made with tamarind), makhanas, peanuts and melon seeds.
NOTE: Alcohol, smoking, non-vegetarian food, aerated drinks and eggs should be strictly avoided during fasting.