Healthy Meals and Fasting Tips for a Healthy Fasting Routine During Navratri

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Navratri is celebrated twice in a year to worship nine different avatars of Goddess Durga during the nine-day festival. Many people also observe nine days of fasting.

Why should you fast during Navratri?

According to Ayurveda, fasting rekindles the digestive fire. An increase in the digestive fire burns the toxins in the body. When the toxins are flushed out of the body, it loses dullness and lethargy. As a result, all the cells of the body are rejuvenated. Fasting, therefore, is an effective therapy to cleanse our body. When the body is cleansed, the mind becomes calmer and more peaceful because of the deep connection between the body and mind.

The essence of fasting is also to include more diversity in your meals, which we normally miss out on.

Here is a list of meals for a healthy Navratri fasting:

1. Roasted Makhana and Peanuts

2. Sabudana Khichdi or Tikki

3. Raw Banana Tikki or Raw Banana Flour Chilla/Parantha

4. Samak Tikki or Khichdi

5. Makhana Kheer or Samak Kheer

6. Grilled Paneer or Panner-Aloo Tikki

7. Puri/Parantha/Dosa made out of kuttu or rajgira

8. Samak- Pumpkin Muthiya

9. Pumpkin- Amaranth Chilla

10. Mid-meals like soaked and pealed dry fruits, Shrikhand. Fruits like Banana, Apple, Custard Apple, Singhada, Grapes, Papaya

Beverages like Curd, Buttermilk, Shikanji, Coconut Water 

11. Grilled sweet-potato

12. Arbi ki Sabzi or Makhana Sabzi

13. Kuttu pakoda or Kuttu Parantha

14. Sweets like coconut laddo, sandesh

We shall be sharing recipes for some of these shortly

Here are some useful tips for fasting during Navratri :

1. Please do not equate fasting with weight-loss.Treat fasting as an opportunity to calm and detox your body. All the good results will eventually follow

2. Stick to a routine. Start your day early by 6:30 am -7 am and sleep by 10 pm - 11pm.The initial days of fasting could lead to lethargy and headache, but this could be due to release of toxins as a process of detoxification. In case any condition worsens or stays for longer than normal, it is recommended to discontinue fasting 

3. Make sure to include yoga, meditation and light exercises as a part of routine

4. Do not sleep for more than 30 minutes in afternoon

5. Do not starve. Make sure to include smaller meals. The purpose of fasting is to include diversity in diet and not to make it starve or binge at one time

6. Maker sure to keep yourself hydrated

7. Avoid any negative media and content. Fasting is not only a detox of body, it is also an opportunity to detox mind and soul. You may want to take a call to avoid a prolonged or unnecessary exposure to media, specifically the one that is useless/negative

Disclaimer : Fasting is not recommended for certain people or conditions. Please consult your medical practitioner before starting fasting. The meals recommended are a general advice, please modify as per your region, culture and health condition. 

 

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Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej : Rituals, significance and stories associated

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Akshaya Tritiya also known as 'Akha Teej' is one of the most auspicious days celebrated by Hindus and Jains across the country. As per the Hindu calendar, Akshaya Tritiya is observed on Shukla Paksha Tritiya (third day) during the bright half of the Vaishakha lunar month. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the months of April-May.

On this day, Lakshminarayana form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped along with Goddess Lakshmi.

The Akshaya Trithya day resonates with prosperity and growth. This festival is celebrated to reinforce the message of good karma, hardwork, good deeds, good value and helping others.

As per Hindu mythology, Sat Yug and Treta Yug began on Akshaya Tritiya day. Interestingly, the day also marks the birth anniversary of Lord Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

It is believed that on this day Maharishi Veda Vyasa started narrating Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha.

On this day Mother Ganga was incarnated on the earth (Dhara).

In Jainism, it commemorates the first Tirthankara's (Rishabhdev) ending his one-year asceticism by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands.

Goddess Annapurna was also born on this day,

Kubera had got the treasure on this day,

On this day Lord presented the 'Akshaya Patra' to the Pandavas while on their exile. Akshya Patra was a special blessed pot that could serve endless meals each day.  So it is a common expression in India to say, ‘This is an akshaya patra‘, which means it always keeps giving.

On day of Akshya Trithiya, Lord Krishna blessed his friend Sudama with good fortune.

The annual Rath Yatra in Puri Jagannath begins on this day. 

As per ancient Hindu belief, one should adopt a Saatvik diet on this day. Many devotees observe a day-long fast on the significant day of Akshaya Tritiya. Hindus prefer keeping important events such as weddings, new business ventures, and construction work on this day. People purchase gold on this day. It is believed that buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya brings prosperity and more wealth in the coming future.

 source : Indiatoday

 

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