Unveiling the Secrets of Mahashivratri Fasting

by Pratyush Anand

The core principles of Mahashivratri fasting, include observing a sattvic diet, maintaining cleanliness, and practising self-control. 

1. Observing Purity

The different levels of Mahashivratri fasting, from complete abstinence (Nirjala Vrat) to a single meal with specific guidelines (Samapta Vrat).

2.Three Levels of Fasting

Understand the significance and requirements of the strictest form of Mahashivratri fasting, the Nirjala Vrat, involving complete abstinence from food and water.

3. The Nirjala Vrat

The Phalahara Vrat is a flexible fasting option allowing the consumption of fruits, dry fruits, and specific beverages like milk and herbal teas.

4. The Phalahara Vrat Option

Embark on a culinary journey with delicious and healthy Sattvic food options for the Phalahara Vrat, including Sabudana Kheer, Thandai, and various fruit dishes.

5. Sattvic Feast

Even during Phalahara Vrat, staying hydrated is crucial. The safe practices for consuming liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, and herbal tea.

6. Staying Hydrated

Enjoy refreshing buttermilk, creamy nut butter smoothies with fruits and nuts, or warm almond milk with spices like cardamom and saffron.

7. Delights for Phalahara

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Sago pearls cooked in milk with sugar, nuts, and dried fruits create a delicious and nutritious kheer (pudding) perfect for Phalahara.

8. Sabudana Kheer

After fasting, begin with light, easily digestible foods like fruits, yoghurt, or khichdi (rice and lentil dish). Gradually reintroduce regular meals.

9. Breaking the Fast

Celebrate with Peace & Gratitude

Fasting during Mahashivratri is not just about physical abstinence, but also about self-discipline, inner reflection, and seeking blessings from Lord Shiva.

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