Navratri – A festival of Nine Days, Colors & Food


With the season of onset of Navratri festival, people worship goddess Durga till nine sacred days and in the nine forms of Maa Shakti.  Navratri festival comes twice a year one is called as Chaitra Navratri and the other one is known as Sharad Navratri.

The word Nav’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night in Sanskrit, which accounts to nine days of celebrations. Durga Puja and Navratri festival is celebrated by worshiping Goddess Durga and her glorified 9 different avatars.

The dates of Navratri changes as it follows the Lunar calendar. Nine glorified forms of Goddess Maa Durga – Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri and Siddhidatri are worshipped on these days by devotees.

Indian Festival not just celebrate festival but you cannot forget the varied food delicacies it bring along.

Talk about food, Here is what we (me and my husband had on our first day of Navratre) –

#navratriFood On the first day of Navratre, my husband's appetite took us to a Roadside lunch treat. Indeed, a great way to fill your hungry appetite #rajmachawal #roadside @noidagram #sector18 #noida #foodhabits #happytummy
On the first day of #navratri – you can never get away from the traditional food plate of kuttu-roti, aloo-sabzi, sabutdana papad and of course, these laddoo for the sweet bites. On the first day of Navratre, my husband’s appetite took us to a Roadside lunch treat. Indeed, a great way to fill your hungry appetite with these sumptuous Rajma Chawal

Our food plates on Second Day of Navratre

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Second day calls for kebabs from
kuttu atta, mashed potato, roasted peanuts, salt (sendha namak) and green chilly.Don’t miss on the sabutdana papad tacos stuffed with leftover fried stuffing & chilled Curd.
While I fast during navratre, why will my dearest husband stop splurge his appetite habits. Having this paneer parantha right here, right now..

Did I kept you wondering our third day attempts treating food palate, here it is..

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Third day of navratre and I had to
switch my sweet tooth on – I enjoyed my plate of Sabudana Kheer, with gooey-juicy mausmi. To balance the sweetness, I served myself with chops of Sweet Potato sprinkled with lemon juice.
To satiate the hunger strike of his dearest tummy, presenting – paneer bhurji clubbed with parantha made in desi ghee . Ahhh, his #YummyInTummy look..

Love is sharing and on our Fourth Day of Navarate, we had the same food.

That is our common food, served on two different plates - but obvious stir fried #pumpkin, with samak (samo) rice and mashed Paneer (hint of lemon) and he had his #gheepawn chappatti (roti) ..
That is our common food, served on two different plates – but obvious stir fried #pumpkin, with samak (samo) rice and mashed Paneer (hint of lemon) and he had his #gheepawn chappatti (roti) ..

I had my evening fill of mausami juice today and wanted to have a light snack for dinner so I made this Poha from Samak (Samo) rice..

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Samak Chawal Poha was my dinner today. Excuse me for I do not have His plate today – he was too hungry to let me take a snap today.. BTW – he had his meal of Bhindi (Lady Finger) and Chappati..

On the blessed fifth day of Navratri Pooja, Skanda mata is worshipped. Being the mother of powerful deity Kumar Kartikey, mother Parvati is glorified with name ‘Skanda Mata’. She is the true Goddess of endurance. Here what our plate looked liked

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I pan fried Sabudana mixed with boiled potato, green chilly and roasted peanuts for these amazing kebab experience. No indian food find its completion unless, a spoon full of desi ghee is served with this plate of rajma chawal..

Shashthi – According to Hindu mythology, venerated Kata performed several austerities to accept the Goddess in the form of a daughter. Impressed with the devotion, the Goddess accepted his boon. She is highly generous toward her worshippers and devotees.

It is also believed that while worshipping Devi Katyayini on the Shashti (sixth day) of Durga Pooja, devotees feel presence of Agya Chakra in their mind and soul.

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Treating myself is like feeling awesome – I made dosas from kuttu ka atta with pumpkin + boiled potato as filling, and the left over potato chips.

You cannot, cannot miss the sweet-tooth desires which resulted in makhane ki kheer piled up with dry fruits. Ahh – I be blessed..

How can we miss him, my dearest husband and his food desires…

he sum himself for cheese toast filled with tomato, onion placed neatly with sandwich spread. And that is suji (semolina) kheer for his taste buds..

umm.. Why should i have all the fun afterall..

The seventh day of Navaratri is dedicated to Maa Kalratri – the seventh avtaar of Maa Durga. Kaal means time and death and Kaalratri means the One who is the Death of Kaal. Maa Kalratri destroys ignorance and brings light into the dark.

We enlightened our stomach with delicious food served hot with lots of love

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The satisfaction is beyond when you dearest tummy savors food, after a full day fast – I made one – pot spicy soup  from boiled potato, boiled arbi (colocasia), roasted peanuts

For sweets savory – I treated myself to delicious malpuas from kuttu aata…

 

That grilled sandwich does the good-fill-tummy job, and he had his fill and being the partner in crime for every dinner date through these nine days of fasting.

 

Ashtami , the eighth day of the Navaratra is celebrated with traditional rituals and religious fervour. The significance of ‘Kanya Pujan’ is maximum on Ashtani, as only after it, people observing fast can break it. This day is also known for ‘Astra Puja'(Worshiping Weapons) as on this day the weapons of goddess Durga are worshiped.

Goddess Kali appeared on this day from the forehead of Mother Durga and annihilated Chanda, Munda and Rakthabija (the demons who were associate of Mahishasura).

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As per popular legends, demon Mahishasura started killing people to win all the three lokas, after attaining power of eternity from Lord Shiva. The Gods pleaded to Lord Shiva to bring an end to the atrocities of Mahishasura. The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their powers and created Goddess Durga, to fight the evil.The battle continued for nine nights at the end of which Durga beheaded Mahishasura.

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On the 9th day Kanya Puja is performed. Nine girls represent the nine forms of the Goddess Durga or Divine Mother. Their feet are washed, tilak is applied to their foreheads, and they partake in a feast of pooris, halwa, and black gram. They are offered new clothes and fruits by those who perform this ceremony. At times, a token of money is also given as blessings.

Another legend from the Hindu mythology, King Daksha of Himalayas was blessed with a beautiful and virtuous daughter, named Uma who wished to marry Lord Shiva. Uma worshipped him and pleased Lord Shiva who married her.  Later, Lord Shiva refused Uma to witness the Yagna conducted by her father. She  rather turned up at the Yagna and insulted Lord Shiva. Unable to withstand the insult, the angry Uma decided to end her life by jumping into the agni kund and was united with the eternity. Therefore, Uma came to be known as Sati. Sati was reborn again. In the second birth, Sati married Lord Shiva and the divine couple lived happily, thereafter. It is believed that Sati comes to stay with her parents for nine days, every year.

The final day is known Dussehra, when day long prayers are offered to Goddess Durga.  It is also called as Navami and Vijayadashami.

Happy Navratri 2016 to everyone out there! Celebrate the festival and spread happiness, hope the Goddess showers her divine blessings and fulfills your wishes.

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