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Navratri 2015, Worshipping Goddess Durga – Celebration in India

Navratri is one of the most important festivals of Hindus, celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all across the country.

  • The word NavRatri is formed by combining two words ‘Nava’ and ‘Ratri’. [Nav + Ratri]
  • Nava means nine and Ratri means nights hence Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’.
  • During the nine nights of the festival of Navratri, nine different forms of the Goddess Durga are worshipped.

  • During the Navratri celebrations, people visit temples and hold fasts for all the nine days.
  • They give up their regular food like grains and instead eat lighter food items like fruits, milk products, etc.
  • as they believe that ‘fasting’ like this, is a way to get closer to the almighty.
  • However, there is also a scientific logic behind the same.
  • As the festival of Navratri falls during the change of season, our bodies have low immunity and we may easily fall sick.
  • Also, eating foods like grains, onion, garlic etc. can attract and absorb negative energies, so avoiding such food items during this time is good for our health.
  • Additionally, according to Ayurveda, many toxic materials start accumulating in our digestive systems, but during fasts our digestive organs can get some rest and the intake of fruits and juices cleanses our body internally.
  • Moreover, people share with each other a fellow feeling wherein they extend their sympathy towards the poor who often go without food, thus fasting also functions as a societal gain.
  • Therefore, through fasting during Navratri, we can attain both ‘spiritual well-being’ and ‘physical health’.
  • Navratri brings you health, happiness and good fortune!

SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools wishes you a very Happy Navratri! Jai Mata Di!

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