Navratri Recipes | Maharashtrian Navratri Recipes – Maharashtrian Recipes

This Navratri, let’s make fasting fun with these Rich and

Luscious Navratri Recipes

This Navratri, let’s make fasting fun with these Rich and Luscious Navratri Recipes. Navratri is the time for devotion, fasting and garba. It is a festival popularly known as the festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit. The nine manifestations of Durga are worshiped over the nine days by holding various rituals, fasts, and feasts. So, let’s celebrate the festival of Navratri and relish your days of fasting with our exceptional Navratri recipes:

Ghatasthapana or Kalashsthapana:

The nine-day festivities begin with Ghatasthapana. This ritual of appealing Goddess Shakti is performed with blessed enthusiasm and devotion during the designated time on the first Navratri day. Also known as Kalashsthapana, it is mostly performed before midday, and never during the night. Several items are required to perform Ghatasthapana, including clay pot, seeds of seven grains, more, supari, coconut, and a red cloth. The first day holds a special significance in Maharashtra. The day devoted to Goddess Durga is considered auspicious to make a new beginning. Students seek blessings by placing their books near the deity.

Worship with flowers:

Fresh garland of flowers is offered to the Goddess on each day during morning prayers. The garlands are not removed until the ninth day. On the tenth day, also known as Dusshera and Vijayadashami, which marks the end of the celebrations, all the garlands are removed together and the idol is immersed in water. Young girls are invited to homes and offered choices of Navratri recipes.

Colors of Navratri:

Women love to match the colors of their dresses and complement it with ornaments to go with the color of the Navratri day. It being a Saturday when Navratri begins, this time, the Navratri color of the first day is gray. The color of second day of Navratri is orange, third day is white, fourth day is red, the fifth day is Royal blue, the sixth day is yellow, the seventh day is green, the eighth day is peacock green, and finally the color of the ninth day of Navratri is purple. Women visit each other’s homes and present coconut, beetle nuts, and leaves to their guests and also offer Navratri recipes.

Feast and fast:

For 9 days, women wear their best saris and beautiful jewelry and attend late night cultural programs of music and dance. Several delicacies are prepared only during this time. In Navratri recipes, onion and garlic are not used. Coconut laddoos, Amrakhand or Mango shrikhand is a popular Navratri recipe in Maharashtra. Special sweets like Upvas thalipeeth, Sabu dana khichadi and Potato halwa are prepared for Navratri festivities. Devotees throng temples to offer prayers and also relish Navratri recipes in prasadam. It is a great fun at the garba and dandiya nights held in localities during Navratri. Mumbai’s Navaratri celebrations gets a modern touch with disco dandiya.

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