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A Healthier You : 8 Reasons why you Should be Fasting this Navratri

There are countless benefits of fasting that one can have on their body, mind and soul. We list down just a few!

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Treating your body, mind and soul to goodness. Pixabay

New Delhi, September 23, 2017 : Fasting, if done for all nine days can detoxify body, provided that good amount of fruits, vegetables, milk products and unsweetened beverages are included. It can also improve cardiovascular function, blood composition, and blood pressure, say experts.

Sonia Narang, Nutrition and Wellness Expert at Oriflame India and Meher Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietician at FITPASS India listed down the benefits of fasting that on can have on their body, mind and soul,

  • Drinking a lot of liquids such as coconut water and herbal tea help aggressively in flushing out toxins from the body and maintaining electrolyte balance.
  • Another benefit of fasting is that it brings self-discipline and keep us away from eating unnecessary food.
  • Following the pattern of the traditional and Satvik diet that includes fruits, lassi (Buttermilk), lemon water, sendha namak, etc eases the digestive system, which helps in preventing constipation and dehydration.
  • Ketosis, or the fat-burning, is reached by fasting. It helps in burning the fat reserves. Excessive central fat stored around organs, like your liver and kidneys, interferes with organ function. Fasting, helps in reaching ketosis and hence improves the organ function.
  • Leptin, which is the “satiety” hormone, also increases thyroid hormone production. Due to fasting, leptin sensitivity increases and this in turn increases the rate of metabolism in case of sluggish thyroid.
  • Due to fasting, body secretes less insulin because there is not enough and steady doses of sugar coming into the body. So, these lower levels of this hormone lead to increased sensitivity in those with insulin resistance.ALSO READ The Real Logic of Fastening during Navratri Puja in Hindus
  •  Blood triglycerides decreases during the fasting state. Having fatty blood increases your risk of developing narrowed arteries. So, fasting reduces this risk.
  • Fasting reboot, the immune system, clearing out old immune cells and regenerating new ones. This process could protect against cell damage caused by factors such as aging and chemotherapy.

 

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Jain Community in Hyderabad to come up with Initiatives for World Peace

The Jain Community of Hyderabad city has planned two initiatives to spread the idea of World Peace

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Jain Temple, Hyderabad. Wikimedia
  • The Jain community has come up with initiatives to spread the message of world peace
  • Nearly 5000 Jains will assemble in Ranigunj and chant “Navkar Mantra” 36 lakh times on 16th July
  • Further, 1008 Jains and monks have also planned an eight-day fasting 

July 15, 2017: In an effort to spread the message of World Peace, the Jain Community across the city of Hyderabad will carry out two initiatives.

Firstly, around 5000 Jains are expected to assemble in the Ranigunj area. They will gather and chant in solidarity the “Navkar Mantra” for 36 lakh times. The mantra is at the core of Jainism worldview. The chants are to be taken under the guidance of Shri Praveen Rishiji Upadhyaya who is a Jain Monk.

The full event will be Shri Jain Seva Sangh, a community of about 3 lakh Jains. The President of Shri Vardhaman Sthankavasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Mr. Parasmal Dungarwal stated “The meditation will be held from 8.30am to 10.30am at T-19 Towers, besides Sundaram Honda, Ranigunj”

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The second initiative involves eight days of fasting by 1008 Jains and their Monks. From 17th to 24th July, the fasting will begin from in Chennai and conclude in Hyderabad. These Jains will be accompanied by 20 leprosy patients. The fasting is coordinated by Lalalitayi Jaangda who works with 800 Leprosy patients.

During the fasting, the people can only consume hot water only till sunset. After sunset, even water consumption is not allowed.

In Jainism, fasting is an important aspect. During festivals and other important occasions, most Jains fast as part of celebrations.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Narasimha Jayanti 2017: Why Lord Narasimha is known as the 4th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

To end evil in the form of demon Hiranyakashipu, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of his 4th 'Avatar' or incarnation Narasimha, a half man and half lion on the Narasimha Jayanti day.

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May 3, 2017: According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Narasimha is considered to be the 4th incarnation or “Avatar” of Lord Vishnu. Hindus celebrate Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi as Narasimha Jayanti. To end evil in the form of demon Hiranyakashipu, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha, a half man and half lion on the Narasimha Jayanti day, which is on May 9, every year.

It is considered that the combination of Vaishakha Shukla Chaturdashi with Swati Nakshatra and weekday Saturday is highly auspicious for the observation of Narasimha Jayanti Vratam.

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There are a number of rules and guidelines, similar to those of Ekadashi fasting, to observe Narasimha Jayanti fasting. Devotees are supposed to consume only one single meal one day before Narasimha Jayanti. During the fasting, all type of grains and cereals are prohibited. The next day at an appropriate time the fast is broken maintaining certain rules; this is called ‘Parana’.

On the day of Narasimha Jayanti, devotees take an oath or ‘Sankalp’ during the afternoon period (‘Madhyahna’). Lord Narasimha Pujan is performed during Sanyakal before sunset. The popular belief is that Lord Narasimha appeared during sunset while Chaturdashi was prevailing. Night vigil is advised to be kept and Visarjan Puja is supposed to be performed next day morning. After performing Visarjan Puja and giving Dana to Brahmin on the next day, the devotees can end the fast.

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Narasimha Jayanti fast is to be broken the next day when Chaturdashi Tithi is over after sunrise. In the case of Chaturdashi Tithi getting over before sunrise then the devotees can break the fast any time after sunrise after completing Jayanti rituals. If Chaturdashi gets over very late, in case if Chaturdashi prevails beyond three-fourth of Dinamana (the time window between sunrise and sunset), then it is permitted to break the fast in the first half of Dinamana.

There are lists available about the details: Madhyahna time to take Sankalp, Sanyakal duration to perform Puja and Parana time on next day to break the fast and more. It should be mentioned that all these timings and schedules are based on location hence it is mandatory to change location before noting down Puja and Parana timings.

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This year’s Narasimha Jayanti is on 9th May, which is a Tuesday. According to the standard 24-hour clock, the timings are:
Madhyahna Sankalp Time = 10:15 to 12:51
Narasimha Jayanti Sanyakal Puja Time = 15:27 to 18:03 (Duration = 2 Hours 35 Mins)
On 10th, Parana Time for Narasimha Jayanti = 05:02 Onwards
On Parana Day Chaturdashi would be over before Sunrise

Also, Chaturdashi Tithi Begins around 23:16 on May 8, 2017 and it ends around 01:07 on May 10, 2017.

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang