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Chaitra Navratri 2022: Easy and nutritious Vrat-friendly recipes

Chaitra Navratri 2022 will start tomorrow, April 2, 2022, the devotees are gearing up to celebrate this pious festival at home.



Chaitra Navratri 2022: Easy and nutritious Vrat-friendly recipes

The religious festival of Chaitra Navratri 2022 has started from today and devotees are gearing up to celebrate this auspicious ocassion.  During Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day holiday, devotees pay homage to Goddess Durga and her nine incarnations. One of the best ways to honour any festival is through food, and Navratri is known for its wonderful vrat-friendly delicacies.

The observance of vrat (or fast) during the nine-day period is one of the most important rituals of Navratri. Many Hindus avoid eating non-vegetarian foods and consuming alcohol in favor of light, sattvic foods that help cleanse our digestive systems.

According to numerous health experts, the Navratri season is an ideal time to cleanse our bodies of heavy foods. Some nutrition specialist believes that this is the ideal time to give our bodies a rest from the heavy foods we eat on a regular basis and switch to a Sattvic diet for days.

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This promotes our bodies in rejuvenating and preparing for the following intense season. Also, the components used to create Navratri cuisine are extremely healthy including specific vegetables, almonds, milk and milk derivatives, and so forth.

If you’re observing the Navratri fasts, we’ve put together a delicious meal plan for you, packed with vrat-friendly meals.

Here’s a nutritious Navratri plan with tasty Vrat-friendly recipes:

For Breakfast

Kuttu Ka Cheela:-

1. Using kuttu ka atta, sendha namak, cumin seeds, and green chilly, make a pourable batter.

2. Grease the hotplate using desi ghee (we can also use a non-stick pan).

3. Make a round pancake with the back of a spoon and fry until it leaves the side.

4. Add grated paneer and shredded ginger to finish.

5. Serve immediately with tamarind or coconut chutney.

For Lunch

Sabudana Khichdi:-

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1.Saboodana should be washed till the water is clear. Soak for about an hour in water above the surface.

2. Drain in a colander, then spread out for 1 hour on a thick towel. It’s critical that the water drains completely, or the sabudana would cling together in lumps when cooked.

3. Combine the sabudana, peanuts, salt, and chilli powder in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.

4. Heat the ghee and add the kadhi patta, zeera, and lal mirch. When the mirch has darkened a little, add the saboodana mixture and simmer over low heat until the saboodana is cooked thoroughly. It only takes a few minutes.

5. Remove from the fire and stir in the lemon juice.

6. Garnish with hara dhania and green chilies before serving.

For Evening Snacks

Roasted Makhana:-

During the fasting season, foxnuts, or makhana, are one of the most popular foods, especially because they can be used to construct a variety of dishes. But, aside from that, did you know that plain, roasted makhanas with a dash of rock salt taste divine?

For Dinner

Singhare Atte ka Halwa:-

  1. Heat the ghee, add the atta, and stir-fry over medium heat, being careful not to burn the atta.
  2. In a separate pan, combine the water and sugar and dissolve the sugar over medium heat.
  3. Continue to cook on low heat until ready to use.
  4. Add the sugar solution and cardamom powder after the atta mixture has been sufficiently fried. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and continue to cook until the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. At this point, you can stir once in a while.
  6. When it’s done, a thin line of melted ghee will develop around the edges.
  7. Allow 5-7 minutes for this process.
  8. Garnish with almonds and serve immediately.

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Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus.



Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

India is known as the land of festivals due to its rich combination of diverse cultures, ethnic backgrounds, languages, and religious beliefs. The country celebrates each and every festival with zeal and passion.

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus. The first week of the month will begin with Navratri and Durgotsava and end at Dussehra.

The second week of the festival will see Karva Chauth, a festival performed by married Hindu women in which they observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands.

From Dhanteras to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, the last week of the month is full of celebrations.

Here is the complete list of festivals of October 2022.

  • October 2, 2022 (Sunday) – Gandhi Jayanti
  • October 3, 2022 (Monday) – Shardiya Navratri Mahaashtami (Durga Ashtami) and Kanya Puja
  • October 4, 2022 (Tuesday) –  Mahanavami, Navratri fasting
  • October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) – Dussehra (Vijayadashmi), Durga idol immersion
  • October 6, 2022 (Thursday) – Papankusha Ekadashi fast
  • October 7, 2022 (Friday) – Ashwin Shukra Pradosh Vrat
  • October 9, 2022 (Sunday) – Ashwin Purnima, Sharad Purnima, Kojagar Purnima Vrat
  • October 13, 2022 (Thursday) – Karva Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi fast
  • October 15, 2022 (Saturday) – Skanda Shashthi fast
  • October 17, 2022 (Monday) – Tula Sankranti, Ahoi Ashtami
  • October 21, 2022 (Friday) – Rambha Ekadashi fast
  • October 22, 2022 (Saturday) – Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Jayanti, Kartik Pradosh Vrat
  • October 24, 2022 (Monday) – Diwali, Narak Chaturdashi
  • October 25, 2022 (Tuesday) – Kartik Amavasya
  • October 26, 2022 (Wednesday) – Bhai Dooj, Annakoot, Govardhan Puja, Yama Dwitiya, Chitragupta Puja
  • October 28, 2022 (Friday) – Kartik Vinayak Chaturthi
  • October 30, 2022 – Chhath Puja
  • October 31, 2022- Halloween
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Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1: Know about Maa Shailputri, puja significance, and mantras

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri.



Maa Shailputri

Shardiya Navratri 2022 kick-started on September 26. The 9-day festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The first day of Navratri begins with Kalashasthapna or Ghatasthapana and devotees worship Maa Shailputri on this day.

As per Hindu mythology, Maa Shailputri is a form of Goddess Parvati and a reincarnation of Sati. Her name is formed with two words Shail which means mountain and Putri which means daughter. Collectively, Shailputri means daughter of the mountains.

Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1 shubh muhurat

  • According to Drik Panchang, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi. The Ghatasthapana Muhurat will begin at 06:11 am and end at 07:51 am.
  • The Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat is at 11:48 am and will end at 12:36 pm. Additionally, the Pratipada Tithi begins at 03:23 am on September 26 and ends at 03:08 am on September 27.

Maa Shailputri significance

Lord Shiva’s wife Goddess Parvati took birth as Lord Himalaya’s daughter after Sati’s self-immolation. She was then called Maa Shailputri, Hemavati, or Parvati.

Maa Shailputri has two hands. While in the right hand she carries Trishul and in the left hand she carries a lotus flower. She represents the white colour and is synonymous with innocence, peace, purity, and calmness. Devotees worship her for good fortune and prosperity.

Maa Shailputri puja vidhi

Devotees establish a Kalash at their homes which are followed by Panchopachara Puja. Maa Shailputri is worshipped with flowers, incense sticks, oil lamps, fruits, and sweets such as bhog.

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be prevented by worshipping Hemavati, the daughter of mountains.

Maa Shailputri mantras

  • Om devi Shailputryai namah
  • Vande vanchhit laabhaay, chandrardhkritshekharaal
    Vrisharudham shooldharam shailputril yashaswinil

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

  • Day 1: Maa Shailputri
  • Day 2: Maa Brahmcharini
  • Day 3: Maa Chandraghanta
  • Day 4: Maa Kushmanda
  • Day 5: Maa Skandmata
  • Day 6: Maa Katyayani
  • Day 7: Maa Kaalratri
  • Day 8: Maa Mahagauri
  • Day 9: Maa Siddhidatri
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Shardiya Navratri 2022: Know the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of goddess Durga

Here are nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.



Shardiya Navratri 2022

The auspicious Hindu festival honoring Goddess Durga, Shardiya Navratri is round the corner. And this year Sharad Navratri will be celebrated on September 26 till October 5 with Vijay Dashami and Durga Visarjan.

For the unversed, the Shardiya Navratri in the Hindu month of Ashwin, which is the most important of all Navratris (Magha, Chaitra and Ashadha). And for these 9 days, devotees will practice fasting as each day will be dedicated to the celebration of goddess Durga’s all 9 avatars (Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalaratri, Mahagauri, and Durga).

And we bring to you the nine mantras devoted to the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. These mantra or slokas can maximize the effect of your devotion.

Navratri Day 1: Shailputri Devi Mantra

Goddess Shailputri is the first form of Maa Durga. Shailputri was the Daughter of Himalaya and she is also known as Parvatiand and Hemvati. And the Dhyan mantra devoted to her is:

वन्दे वाञ्छितलाभाय चन्द्रार्धकृतशेखराम्। वृषारुढां शूलधरां शैलपुत्रीं यशस्विनीम्॥

Vande Vanchhitlabhay Chandrardhkritshekhram. Vrisharudham Shuldharam Shailputri Yashswinim.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship Goddess Shailputri to fulfil my wishes, who is adorned with a half-moon on her head, rides on a bull, carrying a trident and is illustrious.”

Navratri Day 2: Brahmacharini Devi Mantra

Goddess Brahmacharini is the second form of Durga. In this incarnation Goddess did penance (Tapasya) to get Lord Shiva as her husband. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

दधाना करपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू। देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा॥

Dadhanakara Padmabhyam akshamala kamandalam, Devi prasidathu mayi rahmacharinya nuththama.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Devi, Please shower Your Grace on me; O Devi Brahmacharini, You are Incomparable.”

Navratri Day 3: Chandraghanta Devi Mantra

Goddess Chandraghanta is the third form of goddess Durga. This is said to be the married form of Parvati. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

पिण्डज प्रवरारूढ़ा चण्डकोपास्त्रकैर्युता। प्रसीदम तनुते महयं चन्द्रघण्टेति विश्रुता।।

Pindaj Pravrarudha Chandkpasrkaryuta . Prasidam Tanute Mahyam Chandrghnteti Vishruta.

The meaning of this mantra is, “O Goddess Chandraghanta, who rides on tiger, angry on enemies, holds many weapons in 10 hands, please on me.”

Navratri Day 4: Kushmanda Devi Mantra

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Maa Kushmanda is the Fourth form of Maa Durga. The holy scripts suggest that goddess Kushmanda resides inside the sun and enlightens the whole world with her ultimate energy. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

वन्दे वांछित कामार्थे चंद्रार्घ्कृत शेखराम, सिंहरुढ़ा अष्टभुजा कुष्मांडा यशस्वनिम||

Vande Vance hit Kamarthe Chandrarghkrit Shekhram, Singhrudha Ashtbhuja Kushmanda Yashswini.

The meaning of this mantra is, “I worship the moon-worshipped Shekrama, the lion-riding eight-armed Kushmanda, the illustrious one, for the fulfillment of desired desires”

Navratri Day 5: Skanda Devi Mantra

Sanka Devi is the fifth form of goddess Durga. It is said that when maa Parvati gave birth to Skanda also known as Kartikeya, hence, she came to be known as Skanda Mata. And her Dhyan Mantra is:

“सिंहासनगता नित्यं पद्माश्रितकरद्वया| शुभदास्तु सदा देवी स्कन्दमाता यशस्विनी||”

Sinhasangata nityam padmashritkardvya , Shubhdastu sada Devi Skandmata Yashswini.

The meaning of his mantra is, “She is always seated on the throne with her two hands resting on the lotus May Goddess Skanda mata, the illustrious, always bestow auspiciousness.”

Navratri Day 6: Katyayani Devi Mantra

Maa Katyayani is the Sixth form of goddess Durga and her name is driven from her father Katyayan Rishi. This incarnation is said to be the angry form of Durga in which she destroyed demon Mahishasura. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

स्वर्णाआज्ञा चक्र स्थितां षष्टम दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्। वराभीत करां षगपदधरां कात्यायनसुतां भजामि॥

Swarnagya chakra sthitam shashtam Durga Trinetram. Varabhit Karam shadgpadmdharam katyayansutam Bhajami.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The sixth Durga with three eyes standing on the golden command wheel. I worship that daughter of Katyayana whose hands are fearless and who holds six feet.”

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Navratri Day 7: Kalratri Devi Mantra

Goddess Kalratri is the seventh form of Durga. This is also a furious form of Maa Durga in which she destroyed the dangerous demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. Her Dhyan Mantra is:

करालवंदना धोरां मुक्तकेशी चतुर्भुजाम्। कालरात्रिं करालिंका दिव्यां विद्युतमाला विभूषिताम॥

Karalvadnam ghoram muktkeshi chaturbhjam. Kaal Ratrim karalikaam divyam vidyutmala vibhushitam.

The meaning of this mantra is, “The goddess with trishule with loose hair and four arms. The night of darkness was fearsome as the divine adorned with garlands of lightning is here.”

Navratri Day 8: Gauri Devi Mantra

Maha Gauri is the 8th form of goddess Durga. Holy scripts read that at the age of 16, Parvati had extremely fair complexion, hence, she received this name Gauri which means Ultimate fair. On this day, we should also worship young girls. Gauri Mata’s Dhyan Mantra is:

पूर्णन्दु निभां गौरी सोमचक्रस्थितां अष्टमं महागौरी त्रिनेत्राम्।
वराभीतिकरां त्रिशूल डमरूधरां महागौरी भजेम्॥

Purnandu nibhaana Gauri Somachakrastitam Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram. Varabhitikaran Trishul Damrudharam Mahagauri Bhajem.

Meaning: “Gauri, shining like the full moon, seated in the moon wheel, is the eighth Mahagauri, with three eyes. I worship that great Gauri who is fearless of the best and who holds a trident and a tambourine.”

Navratri Day 9: Siddhidhatri Devi Mantra
Maa Siddhidhatri is the 9th and last form of Durga. It is said that before the universe was even created, Lord Shiva worshiped Para Shakti to get energy and to create the universe. The goddess is also known as the other half of Lord Shiva as she gave her powers to him and came to be known as Siddhi Datri. Here mantra is:

स्वर्णावर्णा निर्वाणचक्रस्थितां नवम् दुर्गा त्रिनेत्राम्।शख, चक्र, गदा, पदम, धरां सिद्धीदात्री भजेम्॥

Swarnavarna Nirvanachakrasthitham Navam Durga Trinetram. Shakh, Chakra, Gada, Padam, Dhara Siddhidatri Bhajem.

Meaning of this Dhyan Mantra is, “I worship that golden-coloured, new Durga, three-eyed, situated in the wheel of Nirvana, the bearer of perfection, the earth with the wing, the wheel, the club and the lotus feet.”

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