Navratri and Dusshera are the festivals that are celebrated throughout India and in other parts of the world, and there is a scientific reason behind Navratri too.
The meaning of Navratri is nine nights. And these nine nights are dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine avatars, called Navadurga. Worship is done of the divine mother or cosmic energy.
And each day of those nine days is associated and dedicated to the incarnation of the Goddess Durga. Devotees of Goddess Durga exhibit extreme zeal, devotion and enthusiasm while celebrating Navratri.
But many devotees don’t know about the scientific reason behind Navratri. There is a uniqueness in the Hindu festivals as they are related to astronomical events or change and Navratri is not an exception in this.
Prayers are offered frequently during Navratri to the Goddess Durga, to commemorate the warrior aspect of Shakti or Devi, as the energy of the universe is represented through it.
Goddess Durga also fought a 9-days battle with a shape-shifting demon named Mahishasura, a deceptive and powerful buffalo demon. And Goddess Durga defeated him and on the 10th day after Navratri Vijayadashmi is there, to celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga.
And this day is also celebrated as Dussehra as Lord Rama defeated the ten-headed demon king Ravana on this day. But while celebrating people are also do a scientific thing as there is a scientific reason behind Navratri.
Why is Navratri celebrated and when?
Navratri is a joyous festival, and it is celebrated as a victory of good over evil. And various traditions are celebrated during this time.
Good seasonal harvest as thanksgiving is also celebrated during this time. Daily tools are worshipped and are an auspicious day to start our ventures.
Significance of Navratri:
During these 9 days of Navratri, the power of devotion is wonderfully and amazingly drawn forth to adore the divine Shakti in all its prowess.
To introspect and defeat the vices the impurities within the first 3 days and spent worshipping Goddess Durga.
For spiritual, wealth and prosperity for all time, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and commemorated on the 4th, 5th and 6th days.
And Goddess of wisdom, that is, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped to achieve all-around success in life with humility, so 7th, 8th and 9th days are devoted to her.
The scientific reason behind Navratri:
Navratri is a festival that falls in October-November, and this phase also acts as a transition from autumn to winter, and it also acts as an important junction of climate change.
And as the seasons change, our immunity debilitates. And as the temperature decreases of the atmosphere, it suppresses our immune cells, the composition of the blood and fats are affected by the seasons.
And the scientific reason behind Navratri is because during Navratri, all the 9 days people do intermittent fasting (upvas) and the food they consume is also saatvik.
Saatvik food is consumed because it is thought to be pure and quite balanced and a feeling of calmness is provided.
The scientific reason behind Navratri is to detoxify the body. As saatvik food is light and eating light for a week gives your digestive system a little rest.
As when you fast it helps the gut to cleanse and the lining of the gut is also strengthened. So in addition to the celebration, there is also a scientific reason behind Navratri.
Light of Dusshera:
Vijaydashmi or Dusshera is celebrated on the 10th day after Navratri. There is no scientific reason behind Dusshera like the scientific reason behind Navratri.
The brilliance of Dusshera is celebrated with the whole heart by burning the effigies of Ravana, a 10-headed demon, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada, as Lord Rama defeated them in the battle.
There is a blast of firecrackers and it hugely announces the victory of good over evil. And it also marks the end of Ramlila as it is performed passionately during the previous 9 days as the way to remember the journey of Lord Rama and his victory over evil.
Rang De Bharat Chitrakala Kshetra wishes a very happy Navratri and Dusshera. The scientific reason behind Navratri would help you to maintain your health. So, have a colourful festival!
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