Know why Onion and Garlic are not Eaten During the Navratri Fast

Know why Onion and Garlic are not Eaten During the Navratri Fast

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@Ajay Rana

Throughout the course of Navratri, Hindus refrain from eating onions, garlic and non-vegetarian. But, do you know why it is forbidden to have onion and garlic during the fast? We will tell you in detail. In the Hindu religion, food has been categorized into three parts, Raajásica food, taamasic food and Saatvik food. Those who seek spiritual enlightenment are advised to stay away from the Rajasic and Tamasic foods by evoking desires and increasing mental lethargy.

Saatvik food is advised for spiritual benefits. All vegetarian food items (Except few) fall under this category. Onion and garlic, on the other hand, are tamasic in nature. They create intense sexual energy. Hence, its consumption is avoided during Navratri, as it is the time when you try to inculcate mental discipline in life.

Food You can eat during Navratri fast

  • Flours and Grains
  • Buckwheat flour (Kuttu Ka Atta)
  • Water chestnut flour (Singhade Ka Atta)
  • Amaranth flour (Rajgira Ka Atta)
  • Barnyard millet flour (Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta)
  • Barnyard millet (Sama Ke Chawal)
  • Arrowroot flour

Spices and Herbs you can use During Navratri

  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Rock salt
  • Green cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Black peppercorns
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried pomegranate seeds
  • Ginger
  • Green chilli
  • Lemons
  • Carom seeds
  • Dry mango powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • Coriander and mint leaves
  • Curry leaves

Vegetables During Navratri

  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Colocasia
  • Yam
  • Raw banana
  • Raw or semi-ripe papaya
  • Tomatoes

Apart from these, you can also eat fruits, lotus seeds, dry fruits, sabudana, dairy products, sugar, honey, jaggery, tamarind, coconut milk and oil, melon seeds, peanuts and groundnut oil.

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