Dates for Navratri 2022: The auspicious occasion of Sharad Navratri is knocking on the door and the excitement is palpable. This year, Maa is worshiped for nine long days, beginning September 26 through October 4, with Dussehra falling on the 5th. The 9-day celebration is dedicated to Maa Durga and her nine different avatars are prayed to during this time.
Navratri coincides with Durga Puja or Pujo (as the Bengalis would call it) – and both celebrate the victory of good over evil. Durga Puja is the most important festival of the Bengali community and is celebrated all over the world. Durga Puja starts from October 1st to 5th, 2022.
WHY NO ONION AND GARLIC DURING NAVRATRI?
Come Navratri (be it chaitra or sharad), the first thing straight out of the kitchen is a few foods (read ONIONS and GARLIC) which are embargoed for those 9 days. But have you ever wondered why? This time we tried to go deeper.
Namely, in Hinduism, foods are categorized into three parts Rajasic, Tamasic and Sattvic Bhojan. Sattvic foods are believed to be those that bring spiritual advancement – this brings all vegetarian foods, with few exceptions, into the sattvic category.
Sattvic Diet emphasizes seasonal foods, fruits, dairy, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat-based proteins.
rajasic foods, on the other hand, they have a stimulating effect on body and mind. It has neither positive nor negative effects on the body.
Food that harms the mind or body is considered tamasic. It is believed to cause mental dullness. Since onion and garlic are classified as Tamasic naturethey are forbidden during the nine-day holy festival.
Hmm, so now you know why “onion garlic” is staying out of your kitchen meanwhile Navratri.
SPECIES OF NAVRATRI
There are four types of Navratri throughout the year, each falling in a specific season.
However, the most common and widespread Navratri are Sharad or Shardiya Navratri (September-October) and Chaitra Navratri (March-April). Now, during the nine-day Hindu festival of Maa Durga, devotees fast and pray to the goddess to invoke her blessings.
Happy Navratri and Durga Puja to all!