Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ and is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga and her nine manifestations. It is believed that the goddess descends upon earth. Devotees fast during the nine-days, while some prefer doing it on the first and last day of Navratri, to seek Goddess Durga’s blessings. There are certain routine tasks that are prohibited during the festival, as it is believed that not abiding these rituals forbids from seeking the blessings. Here are some do’s and don’ts devotees should follow to seek Goddess Durga’s blessings.
- Light Akhand Jyoti in front of the goddess throughout the nine days. It is considered auspicious and is said to bring happiness and prosperity. It is advised to use desi ghee.
- Read Durga Chalisa every morning and evening.
- Offer only homemade bhog to the goddess. Devotees can also offer milk and fresh fruits.
- It is considered auspicious to feed girls on the eighth day of Navratri.
- Eat only sattvic food that too only once throughout the day.
- Bathing is a must.
- If you are observing a fast, consume meal only after sunset.
- Avoid mustard oil in Akhand Jyoti.
- Avoid having a haircut or a shave.
- If you are fasting avoid eating a complete meal before sunset.
- Avoid alcohol consumption.
- Avoid non-vegetarian and bitter food.
- Avoid consumption of onion and garlic.