Each year, as spring paves the way for summer, Hindus across the country begin preparing for Navaratri, one of the largest religious festivals. A total of four Navarratris are classified in one year, two of which (Kaitran Navaratri and Sharad Navaratri) are mainly celebrated domestically. According to the Gregorian calendar, the chaitra navratri is classified in the first month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar called the chaitra. This is a nine-day festival that begins this year on April 2, 2022 and continues until April 11, 2022, with Ashtami being celebrated the next day. Day 9 is celebrated as Nabami to commemorate Sir Rama’s birthday.
Mahurat Time (Kalash Sthapna): Saturday, April 2, 2022-8:22 am-8:29am
Total time: 2 hours 18 minutes
Abhijeet Mahurat of Ghatasthapana: April 2, 2022-12.08pm to 12.57pm
The nine days of Kaitra Navratri are dedicated to worshiping the nine incarnations of the Durga goddess. Many also observe fast on the first and last days, or all nine days. You should follow a Satbic diet that bans onions, garlic, eggs, meat, and alcohol. Many believers also refrain from eating grains, grains, and legumes because they are observing Farah’s fasting.
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Navaratri 2022: Believers observe fast and consume special food during Navaratri.
Food may be quite limited during the festival, but you can still find many options to satisfy your hunger and appetite. As the weather changes rapidly, it is advisable to eat light and easy-to-digest foods.
The most popular vrat-friendly foods consumed during Navaratri are:
Vrat Wale Aloo:
Potatoes are cooked in a simple gravy sauce of tomatoes and seasoned with mild spices and rock salt instead of table salt. Click here to see the recipe.
Kuttu Ki Poori:
Kuttuatta is famously consumed during Navaratri. This flour has a unique nutty taste and is quite packed. Best combined with vratwalealoo. Click here for the recipe.
Replace the rice with sago palm to make a surprisingly delicious khichdi. This khichdi is also topped with peanuts for an extra kick of flavor and nutrition. Click here for the recipe.
This low-calorie dosa is made with Vrat’s signature Samakku Rice and Singha Reca Atta and is full of light and delicious potato stuffing. Click here for the recipe.
Makhane Ki Kheer:
Again, regular rice is thrown away in this originally rice-based dessert and replaced by Mahane (fox nut). Soft, spongy makane cooked in a pool of milk stuffed with sweeteners and dried fruits is a favorite during Navaratri, even if you’re not fasting. Click here for the recipe.
There-everything you need to know about Kaitra Navratri and how to observe this pious festival.
Happy Chaitra Navratri 2022!