Navratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to feminine divinity - Goddess Durga. It is celebrated over a period of nine days, each day devoted to a different form of Goddess Durga. This festival marks the victory of good over evil. According to the holy book of Durga Saptashati, Goddess Durga defeated demon Mahishasura. The battle between them lasted for nine days hence the name of the festival is Navratri.
As these nine days are considered sacred, many auspicious works like buying a new house, grah pravesh, etc. are performed at this time. But if you are thinking about getting hitched during this time then you might have to re-think this idea. Marriage is considered inauspicious during Navratri.
According to the holy texts of Hinduism, the time period of Navratri is considered to be focused on purity and goodness. There will be an immaculate aura in the surroundings during this time. Keeping a fast during Navratri will result in detoxification of your body and mind. It will also help in achieving spiritual welfare. People celebrating this festival must practice Brahmacharya life. Therefore, it is considered inauspicious to get married during Navratri. Marriage is a union between two people and thereby carrying on the lineage.
Logical Reasoning - Change in diet for keeping fast for nine days will lead to conservation of energy by the body as a negligible amount of carbohydrate is being consumed while a huge labour is required for planning and arranging the wedding. The spirit of a wedding lies in the energy of everyone and during Navratri this energy will be lost due to obvious reasons.
Spiritual Reasoning - People devote themselves in the prayer of Goddess Durga for nine days. A good amount of concentration is needed for this devotion. So, it is a wise choice to abstain yourself from copulation.
Religious Reasoning- It is believed that Goddess Durga resides in young women during these nine days and they are being worshiped on the eighth and ninth day of Navratri. Intimacy is usually considered a misdeed during this festival and therefore weddings are considered inauspicious during Navratri.
Problems faced in a wedding during Navratri
If you are still considering getting married during Navratri then you might face a few problems.
Marriage is not only about two people but it involves many people related to the couple and some of them might keep fast during Navratri to seek the blessing of Goddess Durga. People prefer to be spiritually calm during these days and the ambience of a wedding is completely opposite of this. They will have to refrain themselves from doing many things in the wedding. They will not be able to enjoy every event of the wedding with full spirit.
A separate catering is essential for people keeping fast during the marriage function. You will have to give attention to every detail related to food. A complete Sattvic diet, fresh and natural foods, are crucial for fast holders. Sattvic foods are foods that are pure, light and sweet. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, milk, natural sweeteners (honey), etc. This will develop a positive mind and a healthy body. Onion, garlic, various spices, processed food, alcohol and meat products are not consumed by people keeping fast.
Since it is impossible to know the list of all the fast holders you will eventually face the problem of food wastage.
Weddings are once in a lifetime experience of your life. It marks the beginning of a brand new journey. So, why not celebrate it with full zeal with your loved ones? Elders will shower their blessings to you, people will attend the events wholeheartedly and enjoy the delicious variety of fast food in your wedding when no other festival is clashing with it. The wedding food is something that attracts everyone's attention.
People will sing on the top of their lungs and many will break the dance floor with their best steps.
You don’t want to miss any of these little moments of course, so why not consider choosing a unique wedding day for yourself!