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Chaitra Navratri 2024: Essential do’s and don'ts for observing the fast

Observing the fast during Chaitra Navratri is not just a religious tradition but also an opportunity for spiritual growth and self-discipline. By following these essential dos and don'ts, you can make the most of this auspicious time and experience the divine presence of Goddess Durga in your life.

Written By: Rahul Pratyush New Delhi Published on: April 09, 2024 16:03 IST
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Chaitra Navratri, a significant Hindu festival, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and celebrates the divine feminine energy. This nine-day festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is observed with great enthusiasm and devotion across India. Fasting during Chaitra Navratri is a common practice believed to cleanse the body and soul, as well as invoke the blessings of the Goddess. If you're planning to observe the fast during Chaitra Navratri 2024, here are some essential dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

Do's:

Embrace sattvic foods: Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lentils, nuts, and dairy products (like milk, curd, and buttermilk) during the fast. These Sattvic foods are considered pure and promote peace and well-being.

Maintain purity: Strive for inner and outer cleanliness. Take a bath before puja rituals, wear clean clothes, and maintain a serene environment for prayer.

Inner reflection: This is a time for spiritual contemplation. Engage in meditation, recite mantras, or read scriptures to deepen your connection with the divine.

Light and prayer: A lit 'Akhand Deepak' (eternal lamp) throughout Navratri is considered auspicious. Perform puja rituals daily, offering prayers and expressing gratitude to Goddess Durga.

Stay hydrated: Water is essential for well-being, especially during a fast. Ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

Don'ts:

Tamasic foods: Avoid foods considered 'Tamasic' as they are believed to stimulate negativity. This includes meat, eggs, onion, garlic, and alcohol.

Intoxicants: Refrain from alcohol, smoking, and other intoxicants during the fast period. Maintain physical and mental purity for a more profound spiritual experience.

Negative thoughts: Cultivate positive emotions and steer clear of anger, jealousy, or negativity. Focus on peace, forgiveness, and compassion.

Overindulgence: While feasting is a part of some celebrations after Navratri, avoid overindulging after the fast. Break your fast gradually with light, easily digestible foods.

Strenuous activity: While light exercise is acceptable, avoid strenuous physical activity that could drain your energy during the fast.

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