Mumbai: Indian mythology forms the very basis of scientific rituals. Our saints observed that people often found it easier to do what’s good for them in the name of God. But as time passed, and people were more and more educated, ritualistic practices got questioned, only to unveil the scientific reasons behind the same.
In an age of diets, and exercise, fasting during the course of Navratri comes as a welcome break. Unlike a normal diet, the food is rich in fats and carbohydrates, that are essential for the cleansing system and also proves to become a launchpad for the removal of harmful toxins from one’s body.
During the course of Navratri, ardent Devi devotees are found consuming a humble meal, that keeps from pulses, lentils, selected spices, and any other ‘Tamsic’ food variants to help in the cleansing process. According to our Vedas Tamsic is a state of inertia. This usually occurs when you’ve overeaten a certain kind of food, or have even consumed the prepared portion in an incorrect manner.
During the course of Navratri, there is a certain deviation that we take from our normal eating regime. Typically we eat one meal a day, and the meal comprises of an array of foods involving Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour), Singhade ka atta (Water-chestnut flour) Rajagra ka atta (Amarnath flour), Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls), Sama Chawal (Barnyard Millet) and Makhana (Fox nuts). The preparations are made using pure clarified butter or groundnut oil. Each of the above-mentioned items is considered very healthy and are rich in vitamins. Amarnath flour, for instance, is ideal for those who are fasting as Amarnath is considered a superfood, that provides for requisite amounts of energy and strength during the course of the day.
Apart from the flour people usually consume fresh fruits for hydration. Dry fruits also provide the quintessential nutrients and natural sugars to help surge the energy levels. Fasting encourages conceptions of natural fats and carbohydrates that are good for the body. Ghee is an essential good fat that comprises a shorter chain of fatty acids that helps in maintaining the digestive system. Eating during the course of a stipulated time period enables one to maintain energy levels and cleanse the system of any form of toxins.