Do’s and Don’ts during Navratri
Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival celebrated twice a year, in the months of Chaitra (March-April) and Ashwin (September-October). During this festival, devotees worship the goddess Durga and observe fasts to seek her blessings. Here are some dos and don’ts to follow during the period of Navratri:
Do’s during Navratri:
Observe fasts: It is believed that fasting during Navratri helps in purifying the mind and body. You can choose to observe a complete fast or partial fast by eating fruits, milk, and other light food items.
Offer prayers: Offer prayers to the goddess Durga during this period. You can visit a temple or perform puja at home.
Follow a sattvic diet: During Navratri, it is recommended to eat a sattvic diet that includes fruits, vegetables, milk, and nuts. Avoid eating non-vegetarian food, alcohol, and smoking.
Wear traditional clothes: It is customary to wear traditional clothes during Navratri. Women can wear sarees or lehengas, and men can wear dhoti-kurta or traditional attire.
Practice meditation: Meditate daily to calm your mind and increase your focus. It is believed that meditation helps in connecting with the divine energy.
Don’ts during Navratri:
Avoid non-vegetarian food: It is recommended to avoid non-vegetarian food during Navratri. This is because it is believed that non-vegetarian food increases the Tamas guna, which is not conducive to spiritual growth.
Avoid all fast-foods, canned food, and foods prepared using onion or garlic should be avoided.
Avoid alcohol and smoking: It is advisable to avoid alcohol and smoking during Navratri as it can lead to physical and mental imbalance.
Avoid negative thoughts: Try to maintain a positive mindset during Navratri. Avoid negative thoughts and actions that can affect your spiritual growth.
Avoid cutting nails and hair: It is believed that cutting nails and hair during Navratri is inauspicious. So, avoid doing so during this period.
Avoid staying up late: It is advisable to avoid staying up late during Navratri as it can affect your health and well-being. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Avoid physical relationships: It is believed that devotes during the period of Navratri should avoid having physical relationship.
The above are some of the do’s and don’ts during Navratri. If you know of more things that devotees should do or avoid, write in the comment section below.
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