Durga Puja, also known as Navratri, is among the most essential and held in high esteem in Hindu celebrations. The Pan-Indian festival includes the celebratory Puja of Maa Durga in 9 forms.
The celebration takes place during the Ashwin month, usually September and October, and is well-known not just in India but even throughout surrounding countries. This year Durga Ashtami 2022 is happening on 3rd October.
Durga Ashtami celebrates the victory of the Goddess over Mahishasura, the terrifying buffalo beast. As per the tale, Mahisasura can be defeated by a female warrior thanks to Lord Brahma’s gift.
However, once Lord Indra had been beaten on the battleground, the sacred trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, & Shiva created Durga, so each part of her body was blessed with the power of numerous male gods.
And Durga Ashtami 2022 will be performed with same enthusiasm.
That day, Durga Ashtami vanquished Mahisasura with her trident, utilizing firearms that symbolized their masculine might. Among the multiple reasons for the popularity of this event is to seek the Goddess’ grace in the expectation of obtaining money, prosperity, and knowledge.
During Maha Ashtami, unmarried young females are Goddess Durga herself. Kumari Pooja is the worship of young females around Durga Pooja. n the Kumari Pooja, the girls represent many aspects of Goddess Durga. All of those are their manifestations:
9. Bhadra or Subhadra
The Puja of Durga Ashtami is the most auspicious day for the Durga Puja. Devotees perform this Puja on both Ashtami & Navami. Sandhi period or Kaal is the final 24 minutes before Ashtami and the first 24 minutes on Navami for Sandhi Pooja. Sandhi Kaal is to the most favorable period for Durga Puja. Since it is only at this time that Ashtami Tithi finishes, and Navami Tithi starts.
There is a practice of slaughtering an animal and presenting it to Devi during Sandhi Puja. However, rather than killing an animal as a gift to the Goddess, followers provide bananas, pumpkins, and even Armenian cucumbers (kakdi).
Dairy and milk-based products: One can have milk alone or combined with other ingredients to make various drinks and beverages. If you have diabetes, you may use natural sugars such as jaggery, honey, dates, and stevia. You can eat curd, yogurt, chaach (buttermilk), and raitas in your diet since they are strong in probiotics and, therefore, will preserve your energy levels when fasting.
Salts and seasonings: Even during Navratri fasting, anybody can ingest sendha namak and rock salt, as well as spices such as cumin, cloves, and cinnamon, among several others. Herbs can help you regulate your cholesterol plus levels of blood sugar. It additionally contains antioxidant & anti-inflammatory qualities and the ability to manage hunger and mood fluctuations.
Garlic & onion: Because Navratri focuses on the Satvik diet, it is best to avoid tamasic items, including garlic, onion, mushroom, leeks, or shallots.
Wheat and rice: Although your everyday diet may include wheat, rice, refined starches, suji, and maize flour. But do not eat these foods throughout the Navratri time.
Salt: Don’t eat spices such as table salt, turmeric, coriander powder, & mustard seeds the Navratri fast.
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