With the beginning Hindu festival, entire nation is set in devotion for Lord Durga. Devotees fast for complete 9 days of Navratri by giving up grains and spices, and rely on fruits, dry fruits and dairy products for diet.
Our very own Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi is going to fast on auspicious 9 days of Navratri, while having only fruits for diet in these 9 days.
Fasting is believed to keep the mind and soul pure, that’s why people go for fasting during Navratri. Also, Navratri marks the beginning of New Year as per the Hindu-Lunar Calender.
In September, 2014, PM Modi had observed a similar Navratri fast while on a tour of the United States. Food preferences during events were subsequently changed for the convenience of PM Modi.
The Prime Minister had also written in a blog in 2012 that he has been fasting during Navratri for 35 years.
Navaratri happens to be the most auspicious and unique period of devotional Sadhanas and worship of Shakti (energy) of the Divine conceptualized as the Mother Goddess-Durga.
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