Sharad Navaratri, The 10-day long festival is celebrated with much pomp and fervour across India. Goddess Durga is worshipped in this festival; she is a symbol of power.
We have four Navaratris in a year - two of which are celebrated with much fervor. One falls during the spring season (Vasanta) and is called Chaitra Navaratri, and the other falls in the month of Ashwin (during September-October), and it is called Sharad Navaratri.
This year, Sharad Navaratri 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 Navaratri Tradition: 5 Fasting Rules To Follow:
1. Avoid Maida/ Atta: During this time, devotees conventionally include singhade ka atta and kuttu atta in their meal, instead of regular flour.
2. Avoid Common Salt: As per tradition, Sattvic bhojan is prepared with rock salt, instead of common salt.
3. Load Up On Fruits: Fruits are a storehouse of energy ,it is always advised to include fruits in our diet to load up on energy and essential nutrients.
4. Consume Milk Products: Include milk, dahi, lassi, paneer, chaas etc to your diet and compensate for the lost energy.
5. Avoid Onion, Garlic: Ingredients like onion, garlic, rice, dal, sooji etc should be avoided while preparing sattvic bhojan for fasts.