9 DAYS: NAVRATRI AND FOOD
Navratri is also known as Navaratri its a festival celebrated by Hindus.
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Navratri is the longest festival celebrated and has nine nights. It is said to conquer good on evil. Each day of Navratri devotes to the worship of 9 manifestations of the Nava Durga. They are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gauri & Siddhidatri.
On this day, the devotee will do fasting and offer a different type of dishes to Goddess Durga. So, in this blog, I will be discussing the significance of the 9 manifestations of Goddess Durga and also about the dishes which devotees can have during their Fasting and even offer to Goddess Durga.
So, have patience and go through it.
NINE MANIFESTATIONS OF NAVA DURGA AND BHOG
Goddess Sailaputri is said to be a little daughter of mountains. She is the manifestation of Goddess Durga and is one of the first Nava Durga’s venerated during the first day of Navratri.
It is said that Goddess Sailaputri likes Desi ghee the most. So, we can offer desi ghee to Goddess Sailaputri as a bhog.
Brahmacharini is the second manifestation of Goddess Durga. Brahmacharini means a devoted female student who lives in an Ashrama with her Guru along with other students. Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navaratri.
It is said that sugar is the favorite of Goddess Brahmacharini. So, we can offer dishes made of sugar or sugar as a bhog.
On the third day of Navratri, the third power also known as Shakti of Goddess Durga is worshipped. This manifestation of Goddess Durga is known as Maa Chandraghanta.
It is said that the goddess Chandraghanta likes milk a lot. So we can offer milk or dishes made of milk to Goddess Chandraghanta.
On the fourth day of Navratri, Goddess Kushmanada is worshipped. This manifestation of Goddess Durga is also referred to as the Smiling Goddess. The meaning of name means the one who is the creator of this “little cosmic egg” called the Universe.
As said, Malpwuwa is a favorite of Goddess Kushmanda. So we can offer her a Malpuwa as a bhog.
Goddess Skandha Mata is worshipped on the 5th day of Navaratri. Skandha is another name of Goddess Durga's son Kartikeya. And Mata means Mother. So, altogether Skandamata means the mother of Lord Kartikeya.
On this day, we can offer banana to Skandha Devi as a bhog because it is said to be her favorite fruit.
On the 6th day of Navaratri, Goddess Katyayani is worshipped and is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. The word Katyayani symbolizes the destruction of negativities and ego.
As said Maa Katyayani likes honey. So, we can offer her honey as a bhog.
Goddess Kalaratri is worshipped on the 7th day of Navaratri. The seventh day is also called as Saptami. This form of Durga is considered the most violent form. The Goddess is believed to be the destroyer of all evil things. Kalaratri means the one who is “the death to kaal”.
On this day, we can offer a Lemon and Goond (Hindi word) as a bhog to Goddess Kalaratri.
The 8th day of Navaratri is called Astami. People perform Kanya pooja on this day. The Goddess Maha Gauri is worshipped on this day. Goddess Mahagauri is compared to the conch, moon, and white flower of Kunda due to her fair complexion.
Goddess Maha Gauri likes coconut. So, we can offer coconut or coconut dishes as a bhog to Goddess Maha Gauri.
The ninth day of Navaratri is also known as Navami and is also the last day of Navaratri. Goddess Siddhidatri is worshipped on the ninth day of Navaratri. Dhatri means “giver” and Siddhi means “meditative ability”. Thus she is the Goddess of accomplishment who bestows perfection on her devotees.
Pomegranate is a favorite fruit of Goddess Siddhidatri. So, we can offer Pomegranate to her as a bhog.
LIST OF HEALTHY NAVRATRI FASTING FOOD
- KUTTU ATTA
Kuttu atta or buckwheat flour is packed with high fiber that helps in detoxification of the body. It is also rich in proteins, B- complex vitamins, and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese.
Traditionally, puris are made from kuttu flour. Give these puris a healthy twist and make Rotis from the same
Dairy products are considered to be holy for any auspicious occasion. Have plain milk or buttermilk, sugar-free fruit shakes, or make some paneer tikka to keep hunger pangs at bay.
3.PUMPKIN AND APPLE SOUP
This is a tasty, filling, and nutritious dinner substitute during the fasting season.
4. FRUITS AND MAKHANA KHEER
You can skip sugar or sugar-free because fruits work as the sweetener in this nutritious kheer recipe- made with makhana.
5.FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables provides you with sumptuousness and yet abides by your fasting regime. Vegetables like bottle gourd, potato, pumpkin, cucumber, sweet potato, carrot, etc. can be eaten during the fasting.