The Navratras are round the clock and we have a lot of work that needs to be done. The TO-DO-LIST is ready and handy with almost every housewife but before doing all the preparations have we ever wondered – Why do we do it? Is it right? What led to these steps?
In Navratras, there are certain set of rules that we need to follow. But how many times do you celebrate Navratri?
The answer to this question by all of you would be twice a year but to add to your knowledge let us bring to your notice that Navratras come five times a year. So, if we follow the general set of instructions we better follow them throughout the five Navratras.
Few of the things that are prohibited during Navratras include:
- You need to avoid alcohol
- There should be no intake of onion and garlic in your meals
- Strictly no Non vegetarian food
- You should not sleep on bed
- You should not tie your hair
- You better not shave or thread throughout the nine days
- You can’t cut your nails
- You shouldn’t intake caffeine
- You need to avoid sensual and procreation activities during this period (When all good things are done during Navratras, why can’t people try the act of sex to produce a new baby too?That would be a “SHUBH BABY”)
There are certain rules that need to be followed as well which include a daily Pooja, Offerings to God and Fasting throughout the nine days.
But, did you know there is a Kali Temple at Mall Road, Patiala which is unique in a way that it has a sacrificial altar in the form of a small tank where people come and pour bottles of Alcohol down the sacred fire to pray for getting their loved ones de-addicted. On an average around 60,000 bottles of alcohol are offered during the 10 day festival of Navratra. Almost 6000 bottles per day.
Even in Delhi and Ujjain there is a Bhairav Baba temple which traces its history for more than 2500 years where the deity is worshiped with liquour in the temple. Even, meat/goat is offered to Durga Maa on the last day of Durga Pooja. Noodles, chopsuey and many other Chinese items are presented at a Kali Mata temple on everyday basis as well as during special occasions.
If we can offer drinks, Chinese food(with onion and garlic) and meat to the almighty why can’t we intake the same. God Bhairava is often termed as Kali Mata’s side kick, so what we offer we indirectly offer to her too and ALL IS WELL.
Okay, what is mostly consumed by you when you are on a fast?
The answer to this question by most of you is “Potato”. Did you know Vodka – a form of liquor too is made out of Potatoes. So you should and can drink Vodka during your fast because it is made of Potato too.
This is not it, if God did not want us to prefer having few things we would not even have access to create the same. If it exists on Earth, it is there for consumption. The discussion on Liqour is there since the Puranas and Vedas and is not created by any of us. Even Lord Shiva consumed the same, so why can’t we?
Also, liquor is one of the essential offerings made to Kali Maa widely worshipped throughout Bengal and symbolises feminine energy.
It is not God, it is we who have created these rituals and moulded it according to our needs. It is not a compulsion to keep fasts for devotees who have health problems, medical reasons or for any other problems. MataRani is all-knowing and kind and showers her blessings on all her devotees. If Matarani had problems with Alcohol she would have not created it. Do what you want but be spiritual in your heart. The people who drink throughout the year but worship her twice a year and avoid alcohol and follow few rituals for nine days can’t take off their bad deeds, those deeds still stay with those people. If you want to do something- Change yourself, Raise your voice and help the needy. The GREAT INDIAN HYPOCRITICAL SOCIETY won’t come into your use.
Also, how can you get hammered to dance all night without alcohol on a Dandiya Night? Salute and Respect devotees but don’t be influenced- neither by us nor by the society. Happy Navratras!