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Almost the whole country of India is celebrating Navratri these days. But what is Navratri you might be wondering? It’s a Hindu festival. Let’s talk about this Hindu festival of Navaratri today.
Whata is Navaratri?
Navaratri or Navarathri is a Sanskrit word which means nine nights. Thus, this is a nine-day or nine-night Hindu festival which is celebrated in the honor of the divine goddess Devi Durga. This Navaratri celebration happens two times a year. It’s because there are two Navaratris in a year. First is Chaitra Navaratri which is celebrated in April and the second one is Sharad Navaratri which is celebrated in October. You can read more about Navratri on Wikipedia.
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Currently we are celebrating Chaitra Navratri and today is the 7th day of this festival which is called Saptami (सप्तमी). And tomorrow is Kanjak Ashtami (अष्टमी). Ashtami is a very auspicious day during the 9 days of Navratri festival.
Kanjak Pooja is done on the 8th day of Navratri. ‘Kanjaks’ are the little girls who are 10 years and younger. My sister and I as little girls always look forward to Kanjak. The Halloween reminds me exactly of this Kanjak festival. We also looked forward to this Kanjak Ashtami as the kids look forward to Halloween. 🙂
So the thing is that if you know someone who’s raised in Northern part of India, he/she would be aware of the tradition of Kanjak – the 8th day of Navratri and he/she’d know all about what I meant.
It was the day when we as little kanjaks got dressed in colorful and adorable clothes.
I remember me and my sister got invitations from every house of the neighborhood. And my mom invited other girls, visa versa. So the kid’s gang used to go together in every house to have Prashad (auspicious food). Memories of that day are so special because as kids, we got worshiped in every house in the neighborhood on that special day, as we were considered an incarnation of the Goddess herself.
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What is Ashtami Prasad?
This Ashtami Prasad always includes at least three dishes: Halwa, chana, Poori. Sometimes there is also aloo bhaji in the prasad. Even though the dishes are the same, but the method of cooking them differently makes them taste different at every house. It is very exciting for kids because of the personal touch.
As a kid you obviously can’t eat everything. So in every home where we went, we used to say, “Give us only tiny one thing”, and all those aunties really understood and gave us the very tiny amount of food to celebrate.
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When the Prashad was consumed, they used to touch our feets to seek blessings and give us some gifts. Touching feet of tiny girls for blessing sounds kinda awkward, right? I’ve got you covered. I used to ask the same question to my Granny and she used to tell me, that the people believe that the little girls are Avatar of goddess during these 9 days, and that’s why we seek those little kids’ blessings.
Today I am sharing my Mom’s Halwa chana poori recipe which she used to make for this Ashtami prasad. And you know what, she still invites little girls at home on the Ashtami during every Navaratri.
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It’s really hard to follow all rituals and family traditions these days due to busy lives. So I can’t say that I could invite 8 little girls here, but I make this feast for my own little Goddess — Adoria. And I find myself so lucky when she shows the fondness and enjoys this food. I just remind her that tomorrow is Halwa Chana Poori day and she gets over thrilled.
So let’s make it. 🙂
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