Ayurveda is a big bundle of information and also has to offer a lot in prevention aspects. But unfortunately most people think it’s just a handbook of home remedies or daily tips. But the fact is, it’s not just that. Ayurveda is a complete science of all lives. It operates on infinite number of principles and theories which hold good even till today. Unravelling those theories and making it convenient to all is a big task. It sounds difficult but isn’t impossible at all. At the same time, let’s try to understand that, Indian traditional lifestyle is much similar and in par with Ayurveda core principles. Let’s have a quick look on all of them.
1. Rules to be followed in traditional month of karkidaka – There is a famous regime which is followed traditionally in Kerala,India. This month (almost from mid-july to mid-august), carries a lot of importance and is considered best in terms of rejuvination therapies. Special oil abhyangas, shashtika shali pinda sweda and diets are advised for this part of the year. It is emerging as a trend and people have started gaining advantage of such beneficial practices…. A special diet called “karkidaka kanji” is also advised in this saeson. This special gruel contains, Njavara rice. This porridge kind of dish is prepared with ghee, coconut milk and special herbs. Some people also recommend it with Fenugreek for slight bitter taste. Generally, in this season of varsha ritu immunity is weak, people are prone to respiratory infections and low body strength. This product helps naturally build immunity, kindles digestion owing to the herbs used and imparts strength. Along with this, it is also advised to read Ramayana giving the celebrations a divine touch in this month.
2. Festival of Makara sankranti – This is a festival which is almost celebrated throughout India in different ways. It falls on the Indian month of magha (which falls in January every year). This festival officially signifies the end of winter and welcomes the incoming summer season. Again, this festival is celebrated with specific dishes in specific parts of india. Sesame and jaggery sweets and laddoo play a vital role in this season. Sesame is bomb of nutrition and provides healthy fat to the body. It also keeps body warm during this month of cold. Officially uttarayana starts after this festival. Hence, suryadeva is worshiped in whole of India. Some parts of india, recommend Pongal (porridge made of rice, moong daal and spices like ginger,black pepper powder etc) in this season which is again a pack of nutrition and plays a key role in maintaining digestion and balancing of doshas.
3. Deepawali – This part of the year is absolute fun. It has to offer a lot of activities like fireworks, yummy traditional dishes, lighting lamps and much more. This festival generally falls when the weather is cold and the digestion is good. Hence many sweets are exchanged among families and friends for many days. Sweets, milk preperations, dishes like sarso ka saag are all consumed which are heavy for digestion, yet improves vitality.
There are many more festivals which have their own specialities, like example Ugadi (Indian new year) where neem and jaggery are consumed symbolically in acceptance of bad and good things in life and ofcourse we need not elaborate the benefits of neem consumption.
These told here are just the tip of an ice berg. I would say it will need a lifetime to analyse all the Indian traditional practices and their health benefits.
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