MahaShivaratri is a very auspicious night of the year and it’s ideally a night where you stay awake and in a vertical position throughout the night in order to receive the maximum benefits from the night and its energies.
One important thing about this night is the fasting that is observed during the night. On this night, unlike other celebrations of the hindu tradition, people observe the rituals in a very peaceful way.
This night is primarily for cleansing the body and mind and also helps one realize the true potential of the human life.Fasting ritual of MahaShivaratri:
- The fasting usually starts in the morning of the Shivaratri and ends on the next day morning.
- No meal is eaten after sunset on Shivaratri day.
- One can go for a diet of milk and fruits.
- Saindha Salt is used in the food prepared for Vrat.
- Lauki ka halwa (Bottle gourd Halwa)
- Sago Saboodana Khichdi(use pepper instead of red chilli)
- Cashew Nut Barfi (Kaju Katli)
- Saboodana Kheer
- Green Gram Fry
- Potato Pumpkin Pancakes
- Shivratri Raita
- Aloo Tikki
- Sweet Yam (Chakravelli)
- Pachi Pulusu (Raw Rasam)
- Aloo Khichdi
- Roti made of kuttu flour or singhada (water chestnut) flour.
- (Buttermilk) Kadhi with singhada flour.
- Potato curry, sweet potato chaat, paneer and aloo chaat, sago vacla, potato & kuttu atta
- Pakodi in cords, raw banana vadaas.
- Almond’s halwa.
- Porridge made out of saamak along with ingredients like bottlegaurd and paneer.
- Fruits and milk
It’s always recommended to keep an empty stomach and concentrate on meditation during the night although these yummy dishes would certainly help in keeping you concentrated.
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