The nine-day Navratri celebration is dedicated to the goddess Durga and is widely celebrated in India. The word Navratri is derived from the Sanskrit terms Nav and Ratri, meaning nine nights.
Chaitra Navratri (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September) are the two main Navratris. The nine avatars of goddess Durga are worshiped during the nine days of Navratri. This year, Navratri is celebrated from April 2 to April 11. On Sunday April 10, Ram Navami is observed.
Navratri is an auspicious occasion where people fast for nine days and worship the goddess. The festival is important for all Hindus. So those who pray and fast to the deity must observe some strict rules for nine days of prosperity and fortune. Here are some things to avoid during the nine days:
Consuming alcoholic beverages
Consuming alcohol during any religious ceremony or any festival, including Navratri, is strictly prohibited according to Hindu belief.
Avoid a haircut.
Fasting devotees should not get a haircut or shave during Navratri. Shaving your beard during Navratri is also frowned upon.
Avoid clipping your nails.
In addition to refraining from clipping and shaving, devotees should refrain from clipping their nails during these nine days.
Do not eat onion or garlic.
Onion and garlic are tamasic in nature, meaning they can be harmful to the body or mind. To remain mindful for nine days, one must follow a sattvic diet.
Avoid eating non-vegetarian foods.
In addition to garlic, onion, grains and salt, people should abstain from all non-vegetarian foods during this holiday.
Lemon should not be cut.
During Navratri, cutting or slicing a lemon should be avoided as much as possible. It is considered unfavorable. Devotees who are eating should take extra precautions to avoid this.
Avoid eating fried foods.
It is best not to eat fried foods during these nine days of celebration, as it defeats the purpose of purifying the mind and body.
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