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Science behind Navratras

Traditionally, there are only three seasons – summer, winter and the rainy season. During rainy season, Chaturmas is observed as a period of mind, body and soul purification.

Whenever there is a change in season, the body needs an adaptation time to change behavior, lifestyle, diet and other daily routine. In our Shastras, this change–over period was designated as a time to purify and detoxify mind, body and soul and eat less carbohydrates cereals and taking a Satvik diet. The Shastras named this term as Nav Ratras.

The two Nav Ratras (Ramnavami Navratras and Dusshehra Navratras), therefore, come at the onset of summer and winter and are the designated nine days for detoxification of mind, body and soul. During this period, a person is supposed to lead a Satvik lifestyle which involves Satvik diet, Satvik behavior and Satvik thoughts. The Satvik diet means eating less, once in a day and avoiding carbohydrate–based cereals. One can eat non–carbohydrate flour – Kuttu ka atta or singhare ka aata etc. which are flower–based and not cereal based.

In Navratra puja, there is a ritual of worshipping wheat grass or barley grass. Wheat and barley grass juice are both known blood detoxifiers and instead of worshipping them, their juice should be consumed every day during Navratras.

Traditionally, Navratras involve pooja of Maa Kaali in the first three days; Maa Lakshmi the next three days and Maa Saraswati in the last three days. Kaali pooja involves restraining the mind from rajsik and tamsik behavior. Lakshmi pooja involves willfully adapting to a Satvik lifestyle including Satvik diet and behavior. Saraswati pooja involves reading and listening to Satvik literature.

The nine days of purification during Navratra are sufficient to build up immunity to cover the next four months. In the rainy season, as the immunity remains low, the entire four months are observed as Chaturmas or the months of purification.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief