What to Eat in Navratri Fast?
Please note that these are general guidelines, and specific fasting practices may vary among individuals and regions. It’s always advisable to consult with a knowledgeable person or priest for specific fasting rules based on personal beliefs and traditions.
When to Break Navratri Fast?
The duration of Navratri fasting is typically nine days, and the fast is broken on the tenth day, which is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. The fast is usually broken after performing a special prayer or puja in honor of Goddess Durga.
However, there are some variations in the fasting rules and practices among different regions and communities. Some devotees may choose to break their fast on the eighth day (Ashtami) or the ninth day (Navami) of Navratri.
It’s always advisable to consult with a knowledgeable person or priest for specific fasting rules based on personal beliefs and traditions.
What are some popular Navratri recipes?
These are just a few examples, and there are many more Navratri recipes available online. You can explore websites like Archana’s Kitchen, Cook With Kushi, and Spice Up The Curry for more recipe ideas
How do people fast during Navratri?
Fasting Duration: Navratri fasts typically last for nine days, but some devotees may choose to fast only on the first two or the last two days of the festival.
Food Restrictions: Regular grains like wheat and rice are not consumed during Navratri fasting. Instead, people eat flours made from buckwheat, water chestnut, or amaranth. Other commonly consumed foods include barnyard millet, sabudana (tapioca pearls), fruits, and milk.
Spices and Herbs: Normal table salt is replaced with rock salt or sendha namak during Navratri fasting. Spices like cumin, black pepper, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ajwain (carom seeds), dry pomegranate seeds, kokum, tamarind, and nutmeg are commonly used.
Vegetables: Devotees can consume vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, arbi (colocasia), kachalu (yam), lemons, raw or semi-ripe pumpkin, spinach, tomatoes, bottle gourd, cucumber, and carrots during Navratri fasting.
Other Practices: In addition to dietary restrictions, devotees may also follow other practices such as waking up early, taking a holy bath, practicing celibacy, abstaining from consuming alcoholic beverages or tobacco, and refraining from activities like clipping nails or getting haircuts during the fasting period.