Chaitra Navratri will commence on March 18 and will continue until March 26 this year. The nine-day festival, which normally falls in the month of March every year, celebrates the holiness of Goddess Durga. Chaitra Navratri usually falls in between the spring and the summer season. During the festival, the Goddess is worshipped in all her nine avatars and devotees offer prayers to one of the nine forms on each day during Navratris.Rituals are performed with great zeal in temples while devotees adorn their houses and temples in-house courtyards. Sacrosanct ceremonies, such as havans are also performed to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.Also Read - Happy Durga Ashtami 2021: Send SMS, Greetings, WhatsApp Status, Messages, Prayers to Loved Ones

Chaitra Navratri marks the onset of a new season and this festival is majorly celebrated in the northern part of the country. In Maharashtra, Navratri is celebrated as Gudi Padwa, which is also the first day of the New Year for Marathi people. Devotees are also known for keeping fast on all the nine days as a mark of respect for the Goddess. (Also Read: Chaitra Navratri 2018: Date, Importance And Significance Of The Day) Also Read - Covid Impact: In This UP Temple, Goddess Durga Wears a Face Mask & Priests Offer Masks as ‘Prasad’

What kinds of food can you intake during this nine-day festival?

The fasting during Navratri assumes special importance as people live on milk, fruits and fruit juices for the entire day. Devotees refrain from having meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic, liquor and any dish prepared with common salt. Intake of caffeine increases during this nine-day period. Tea and coffee along with potato cooked with rock salt are quite popular during the fasting period. While some devotees like observing total abstinence, some prefer partial fasting. Dairy products and dry fruits can also be consumed. It is also said that one must watch out for their behaviour and try and keep their cool. Keeping a calm and composed profile is advisable. Also Read - Chaitra Navratri 2021: Here's How You Can Celebrate Lord Ram's Birth Amid COVID19 Crisis

Here’s wishing everyone peace and prosperity. May the Goddess shower her blessings upon us. Zor se bolo Jai Mata Di!