Adhyaatmic significance of navaraatri

Vaidya Sundaram Vaidya_Sundaram at I2.COM
Thu Oct 5 12:01:55 CDT 2000

"Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at> wrote on 10/04/00 11:33 PM:

> eighth day of Navaratri has another sort of significance.  It is called
> Havanashtami and it when the Homa and Balidana should be done.  Balidana
> is the sacrifice of an animal (usually a goat or sheep.)  Bengalis and
> other North Indians actually do this.  But in Gujarat and other places
> were people are more likely to be vegetarian, a substitute is used
> instead.  Like at our local mandir, they slice a watermelon in half.
> It's not quite as dramatic but a lot gentler!

In south India, when boiled urad dhal by itself is mixed with yogurt, it is
considered meat! This is the substitute we use.

bhava shankara desikame sharaNam

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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