Sattvic foods are believed to bring spiritual progress. This brings all vegetarian food items under the sattvic category with few exceptions.
Navratri: Do you know why onions and garlic are eaten during pujas and fasts.. This is the real reason behind it! The auspicious occasion of Sharannavaratra is near. That enthusiasm is evident in all the people. This year Dussehra celebrations will continue for 9 days from September 26 to October 4. Along with the festival, devotees worship the Goddess with devotion on the 5th day. The 9-day festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga. During this time nine different incarnations of Amma are prayed. Vijayadasha is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Durgashtami is widely celebrated all over the world. And for these 9 days some food items will be avoided. In it, onion and garlic are mainly prohibited. But, have you ever wondered why? Let’s find out why here..
Our foods have been divided into three types since ancient times. They are known as Rajasic, Tamasic and Sattvic foods. It is believed that sattvic food ingredients provide spiritual advancement. This brings all vegetarian food items under the sattvic category with few exceptions.
A sattvic diet is a pure vegetarian diet. It includes seasonal fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, pulses, sprouts, pulses, seeds, honey and fresh herbs. It keeps the mind pure and the body balanced. Those who eat sattvic food are loving, grateful, and understanding. They have a calm, serene smile, friendliness, energy, enthusiasm, health, hope, aspirations, creativity and a balanced personality.
A rajasic diet mainly consists of rich tasting foods like spices, onion, garlic, other spices, deep fried foods, coffee, tea, refined food items, sugary foods, chocolates. Eating such foods provides instant energy, but that energy is quickly expended. Disturbs body balance. Weak digestive system. Always eager to eat. Angry, restless, anxious.
This mainly includes reheated foods, chemically processed foods, eggs, meat, alcohol, cigarettes etc. Those who eat tamasic food are dull, unimaginative, unmotivated, lazy, careless, lethargic. They suffer from diseases like diabetes, obesity and liver disease. Foods that harm the mind or body are considered tamasic in nature. It is believed to cause mental retardation. As onions and garlic are classified as tamasic in nature they are prohibited during the nine-day holy festival.
Now you know why onion-garlic is used in cooking during Navratri.
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