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South Indian Recipes .NET: Navratri Recipes

Navratri Recipes Navratri, Navaratri, or Navarathri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshipped.

Navaratri is celebrated four times a year. They are Basantha Navaratri, Ashada Navaratri, the Sharana Navaratri, and the Poushya/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharada Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasantha Navaratri of the Vasantha kala are very important.
  1. Vasantha Navaratri - Basantha Navrathri, also known as Vasant Navratras, is the festival of nine dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the spring season(March April). It is also known as Chaitra Navratra. The nine days of festival is also known as Raama Navratri.
  2. Gupta Navaratri - Gupta Navratri, also referred as Ashada or Gayatri or Shakambari Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Ashada (June July). Gupta Navaratri is observed during the Ashada Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).
  3. Sharana Navaratri - This is the most important of the Navratris, and is simply called Maha Navratri (the Great Navratri) and is celebrated in the month of aashivina. Also known as Sharad Navaratri, as it is celebrated during Sharad (beginning of winter, Sept-Oct).
  4. Poushya Navaratri - Poushya Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Poushya (Dec Jan). Poushya Navaratri is observed during the Poushya Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).
  5. Magha Navaratri - Magha Navratri, also referred as Gupta Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the month of Magha (Jan Feb). Magha Navaratri is observed during the Magha Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).

Navratri Recipes

Perhaps the longest celebrated Indian Festival is Navratri. It is during this holiday that we celebrate the nine forms of Shakti / Devi / Mata for nine consecutive nights. A favorite sweet dish for Navratri is vermicelli payasam. Also, other forms of payasam are made, along with variations of sundal.