Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are celebrated widely all across India. Chaitra Navratri is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra that falls at cusp of spring and summer (usually around March and April). Each of the nine days of Navratris is considered to be very auspicious in every Hindu household. People wake up early, bathe and pray to the nine forms of Goddess Durga (Nav Durga) to seek her divine blessings.
1.Non-vegetarian foods like chicken, mutton, lamb, beef and eggs are to be strictly avoided during this time. Many devotees, even if they are not fasting try to refrain from having non-vegetarian food.
4.Turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), fenugreek seeds (methi dana) and garam masala are also not allowed during your fasting phase.
6. Amongst flourr, cornflour, rice flour, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, gram flour and semolina are to be avoided. You can use buckwheat flour (kuttu) or water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta) only.
7. You cannot have your regular rice and can only cosume vrat ke chaawal, popularly known as Samak ke Chawal.
8.You also need to steer clear of smoking and consuming alcohol if you are fasting. Again, many people who aren’t fasting also keep away from smoking and drinking as a mark of devotion to the Goddess and to keep their body free of toxins.
Many fasting rules differ from community to community and family to family, some consume only milk and fruits while some have one meal throughout out the day but the idea is to calm your body and mind.