It’s the beginning of the Hindu year and to mark this auspicious start, we celebrate the first Navratri of the year. Since the first month of the Hindu Calender is Chaitra, this Navratri is known as the Chaitra Navratri.
The celebration of devotion and love flows throughout the country under different names. This beginning of the lunar year is celebrated under the name of Navratri, Ugadi and Gudi Padwa, and this tradition goes back to the ancient Hindu times.
The most common tradition is that of fasting and offering prayers to the Goddess. Although this tradition has been around for quite a few decades, it’s also been scientifically backed up.
The idea of fasting during this time is to cleanse our body of the heavy toxins. Therefore, people opt for lighter foods, also known as Satvik food, which gives the body ample strength to adapt to the changing seasons.
As you might know, there are certain rules for these fasts, especially about what you can and cannot eat. Most people follow these rules blindly, but how about we talk more about why these rules were made in the first place.
To start off, let’s talk about the Yoga Diet. This diet includes three categories of food: Satvik, Tamasik, and Rajasik. This is the diet that has been followed since the Vedic times and is the perfectly balanced diet that is required to keep the body healthy and fit.
Satvik is known as positive food, whereas Rajasik and Tamasik are known as negative food. Although you are required to create a balance between them, during the auspicious beginning of the lunar year, people like to cleanse their body of the negative foods. Satvik food is light and soothing to the body. Foods that are fresh, light and rejuvenating come under this category.
Importance of turmeric?
Turmeric has been a fad among health freaks, but for the Indian folks, it has been a staple for many centuries. Although, since ages it has been an inseparable part of every Indian cuisine, you might see a lack of it during the 9 days of Navratri.
You might find this a little odd because Turmeric is so widely used throughout the country that the absence of it can seem a little off-putting, but there is no plausible reason for it.
As mentioned before, during Navratri, people go for Satvik food to cleanse their body, soul, and mind and turmeric is one of the main spices that come under this category.
Navratri is celebrated when the seasons changes and our bodies are the most vulnerable during this time. Even though Satvik foods are the way to go, turmeric is excluded during this time of the year by many people.
Through extensive research, it’s been found that there is no reason for turmeric to be excluded during this time of the year. With it’s immune boosting properties and high rate of antioxidants, it’s the most beneficial food item to include in your diet during a fast. It’s also used when people suffer from colds and flu due to its medicinal properties.
The personal preferences of every household aside, there is no reason to avoid this beneficial spice during vrats, as it comes under the Satvik foods category. To keep your immune system healthy and fit, take a healthy dose of turmeric during this auspicious time too.
Navratri fasting is done to boost and cleanse the immune system of the body. Going through a detox of the foods that are bad for you can help your body change for the better. A lesson in self-control, Navratri not only cleanses your body but also your mind of all the toxic habits that are harmful to you.