Navratri Vrat Rules - Navratri Vrat Pooja Vidhi - Navratri Vrat Recipes

Navratri Vrat Recipes Rules by veggierecipehouse

Navratri is Hindu festival where people worship the Avatars of goddess Durga. "Navratri" means nine days and night of worshiping goddess Durga. 

Navratri comes four times in a year Out of these, two are mainly celebrated. 
  • Sharad Navratri  (September-October)
  • Vasant Navratri  (March-April)
  • Magha Navratri  (January-February)
  • Ashada Navratri (June-July)

Vasant Navratri is celebrated in the month of (March-April), Second and most celebrated navratri is post monsoon Sharad Navratri it comes in the months (September-October). In Many states of India people celebrate in different ways. People keep fast and do Jagran, Enjoy Garba. All the nine days nine Avatar of goddess "Durga" is worshiped. Shailputri, Bharmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata,  Kaatyayni, Kaalratri, Maha Gauri, Sidhimatri.

Food To Eat During Fasting

Flour and Rice:Singhare ka aata (water chestnut flour), Rajgira ka aata (amaranth flour), Kuttu ka aata (buckwheat flour), Samak ke chawal (barnyard millet), and Sabudana (tapioca pearls), Nariyal ka aata (Coconut flour).

Herbs and spices: Sendha Namak (rock salt), Jeera (cumin seeds or powder), Elaichi Hari And Kali (cardamon green and black), Kali Mirch (black pepper), Dalchini (cinnamon), Adrak (ginger), Mirch (red and green chili), Dhaniya (coriander leaves), Nimbu (Lemon). Aamchur (dry mango powder), Imli (Tamarind), Pudina (mint). Carom Seeds (ajwain).

Vegetables: Aloo (potato), Shakarkandi (sweet potato), Kheera (cucumber), Petha/Kaddu (Pumpkin),
Arbi/kachalu (Taro Root), Kacha Kela (raw banana). Gajar (carrot), Tamatar (Tomato).

Fruits: All fruits are eaten during fasting.

Milk Products: All milk products like milk, Paneer (cottage cheese), Dahi anything made with Paneer at home.

Desserts/Sweets: Anything that is made at home wihout using grains other than above mentioned. Sugar and Gur (jaggery), Shahad (honey) can be used.

Oil: Desi Ghee (clarified butter), Nariyal ka tel (coconut oil), Mungfali ka tel (groundnut oil) are commonly used.

*some people use Kala Namak (black salt).

Food To avoid During Fasting

  1. Gehun ka aata (wheat flour), Besan (chickpea flour), Rava/Sooji (semolina), Daliya, Maida (all purpose flour). Chawal ka Aata And Chawal (rice flour and rice), Corn Starch, Ragi, Oats.
  2. Onion, Garlic.
  3. Dal(lentils), Legumes.
  4. Namak (regular salt), Hing (asafoetida), Garam masala.
  5. Alcohol and Non Veg food and Eggs.
*some people use Haldi (turmeric), Dhaniya sabut (Coriander seeds), Rai (mustard seeds).

Guidelines, Vrat Vidhi And Pooja For Navratri fasting

Vidhi For Pooja:
  • On the very first day of navratri people clean the house and pooja mandir. people perform pooja after taking bath in morning and after sunset. 
  • Some people they keep a kalash filled with water and on top a coconut tied with red chunri in front of goddess Durga.
  • Then light a diya. Many families light diya for whole nine days, it is called "Akhand Jot" for nine days this diya is taken care of, Ghee inside this diya is filled from time to time.
  • Keep a plate filled with dry fruits or fruits.
  • Tie Moli in hands and apply red tilak on the kalash and goddess durga.
  • Then aarti is done and after that Parshad is given which includes dry fruits and fruits.

Fasting Rules:

  • Many people they keep fast for Nine days. In my family we were keeping fast in pairs like first 2 days or last 2 days. 
  • People avoid wearing black clothes during vrat.
  • Milk, Fruits, juice can be eaten whole day. But one meal during the day and that too in the evening time after doing evening aarti. people eat at one sitting.

Kanjak Pooja/Kanya Pooja
  • In many households people do Kanjak pooja on Ashtami (8th day of navratri), Navmi (9th day of navratri) and chaudash (14th day of navratri). 
  • In my family we used to get up early in morning and clean the house, No shoes were allowed in the house. 
  • Then take shower and prepare food (Poori, Kala chana and Halwa)for Kanjak pooja, the coconut which is kept in front of goddess Durga is also given as parshad to everyone.
  • Prepare pooja thali which includes Tilak, Moli and dry fruits.
  • First all prepared food is kept in front of Durga and do pooja and aarti.
  • Then young Girls and a boy are called, their feet are washed. 
  • Then apply tilak and tie Moli (Auspicious red thread).
  • All the girls and boy are given the prepared food, gifts and money.
  • After they eat food, by touching their feet blessings are taken from them. 
  • After that fast is opened by taking halwa parshad and then food can be eaten.
*Try not to clean the house after Kanjak pooja, even if the house is dirty.

Disclaimer: I tried to share all, as best of my knowledge and watching family traditions. There may be different opinions based on region and family customs.

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