Chaitra/Basant Navratri Specials !!

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Basant/ Vasant or Chaitra Navratri is the nine days long sacred festival, that is considered auspicious by all the Hindus. The meaning of Navratri means nine nights in Sanskrit. Basant Navratri falls in Chaitra month according to the Hindi Lunar calender. The Hindu New Year starts from the first day of this Navratri. This year Basant Navratri is starting from April 9thand Ram Navmi (ninth day) is on April 17th. Read about a kanya bhoj/ Navmi(pooja ka khana).

Many people keep fast (or VRAT) for eight days (from Parva to Ashthami) and eat only falahari dishes ( fruits, vegetables, and dishes made with specific ingredients for fasting days). They break their fast on Navami after ceremony and prayers. Others who can not fast for eight days continuously, observe fast on the first day (beginning of the navratri) and the last day (ashthami or eighth day) of Navratri. Some people don't eat any cooked meals for 9 days some make a commitment of eating just one meal.

For this auspicious festival here are some vrat ki delicacies made with some specific grains.

Happy Navratri !!

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