Navratri 2019: Here's why people refrain from having Onion and Garlic during Navratri

Many religious people fast during Navratri to express their gratitude to goddess Durga. People also refrain from consuming onion, garlic, and alcohol. Read below to find out why people don't eat onion and garlic during Navratri.
Navratri 2019: Here's why people refrain from having Onion and Garlic during NavratriNavratri 2019: Here's why people refrain from having Onion and Garlic during Navratri
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Navratri is celebrated with zeal and happiness across India. It is regarded as the most significant of all the four Navratris celebrated in a year. Celebrated in the month of Ashwin, it's also known as Maha Navratri, and goddess Durga is celebrated for nine days during this period. During this period with plenty of offerings and bhog, people also observe fasts to seek her graces. When it comes to fasting during Navratri, people follow a set diet and refrain from consuming non-veg food items, salt, and alcohol. They prepare their daily meals with ingredients like Singhara atta, buckwheat flour, sabudana, fruits and sendha namak. But did you know that apart from all of this, they even refrain from consuming onion and garlic? Read below to find out why one should not consume onion and garlic during Navratri. 

Food is divided into three categories: Rajasic, Tamasic and Saatvik food. While fasting for Navratri people consume satvik food. And this is so because Sharad Navratri falls in the months of October-November, which also marks the transition period from autumn to winter. During this time, our immunity leads to decline, and therefore, it helps to switch to light satvik food that does not burden your digestive system. 



Saatvik foods include vrat ingredients like fruits, curd, pure rock salt, vegetables like pumpkin and lauki and spices like cumin, coriander and black pepper. 



When it comes to Rajas and Tamas, it's referred to as destructive, resentful and weak. It is believed that Raajasic and Tamasic food may distract your mental focus. Onion and garlic are categorized as Taamasic in nature. 



Onions are also said to produce heat in the body. Therefore, they are avoided during Navratri fasts. 


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