Navratri is one of the widely celebrated festivals having deep religious significance in Hinduism. Dedicated to adulating the nine forms Goddess Durga taken to defeat evil, it signifies the divine primordial energy that encompasses the entire existence of the world.
During this auspicious period, people observe austere measures like fasting and worshipping of the Goddess to obtain the grace of the all-feminine power. Devotees especially in north India celebrate this festival with immense pomp and gaiety while its popularisation in the era of digitalization is leading to increasing observance in other parts of the world.
Rituals of this festival suggest utmost strictness, devotees must need to observe to reap the spiritual benefits. From fasting to puja, devotees follow specific customs while observing the nine-day festival of Navratri. At the same time, there are certain do's and don'ts that one must adopt to obtain positive change in life and all its overall aspects which is the true essence of Navratri.
Check out what you must do and what you need to avoid doing while observing Navratri:-
- Stay away from non-vegetarian food, alcohol, onion, garlic, and other 'tamasic' foods
- Religious scriptures say such foods pleases the senses and impede abstinence
- Don't cut hair or nails
- Don't offend people
- Start practicing discipline more in lifestyle
- For spiritual awakening, embed yoga in life
- Navratri is the best time to inculcate meditation in daily habits
- Recite Durga Saptasathi and mantras
- Use pink Himalayan salt (Sendha Namak) in foods is possible
- Worship the nine forms of the Durga as per the prescribed rituals
- Abstain from carnal pleasures