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तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय… Celebrate Diwali in Turyaa Way!!

India is known as the land of festivals which are no more confined to the boundaries of our nation but also being celebrated by the different communities around the world. Diwali, festival of lights, energy and happiness is the king of all festivals celebrated all across the world.
The customs and rituals celebrated during Diwali are deep rooted and always associated with health and wellness. Rituals of the festival are symbolic representations of Rutucharya that must be adopted for ‘ Swasthya’ ( physical, psychological, spiritual well being )mentioned by Ayurved.

Diwali and Indian Months

Festival of Diwali comes in Sharad rutu (autumn), in the months of Ashwin and Kartik. Being an agricultural country, during this period we get the yields from the farms. Rain are over and the atmosphere becomes pleasant and cool. For the farmer, crops are their wealth so they get reason to celebrate their happiness in the form of festivals like Diwali on the auspicious days of Vasubaras, Dhanatrayodashi, Naraka Chaturdashi, Bali Pratipada and Bhaubeej.Let’s find out how our festivals, seasons and related rituals are interrelated with our mind and body wellness.

Brahma Muhurte Uttishth

Waking up before sunrise is the Brahma muhurta. During Diwali festival it is an early start of cold weather and a period of vata aggravation by the cold and dry atmosphere. On the day of Narak Chaturdashi it’s a ritual to wake up early in the morning. It is helpful for a healthy, long life. The mind is refreshed, calm and serene in the early morning. There is the preponderance of Satva or purity in the mind at this time, as well as in the atmosphere.

Abhyang Snan

Diwali Abhyanga snan is the favourite ritual for all. Applying medicated and scented sesame oil all over the body before bath helps to reduce Vata and Kapha doshas in the body and protects the skin from dryness offering glow and luster. Applying sesame oil before the sun rises prevents the increase of Pitta. Bathing with lukewarm water is helpful for reducing the effect of cold and dry atmosphere on the body.

Udarvatan (Ubtan)

Ubtan is made with a combination of different medicinal herbs that are helpful to scrub off fat accumulation, dead skin and to offer glowing complexion. During the events of Diwali, people wake up early in the morning. Abhyang snan and Ubtan application is our traditional way of celebration with the above said benefits. So it is the symbolic lifestyle illustrated for the transitional phase and for the upcoming Hemant rutu. Practicing daily abhyang and ubtan are also good for strength and flexibility related to bones, muscles and also for skin.

Worship traditions

Dhanatrayodashi is celebrated to worship lord Dhanvantari who emerged carrying Amrut. On this day, Coriander seeds which are having maximum yield are worshipped by people. The aggravated Pitta during Sharad rutu gets stabilized by drinking Coriander water with Khadi sakhar (sugar cubes).

Food traditions

The upcoming Hemant and shishir rutu are having pleasant weather, strong appetite, digestive fire and metabolism. The effect of the season is soothing on the body and it is the season of gaining strength and happiness.
Sweet dishes made up with pure ghee are pitta shamak and provides strength to every cell of the body. Diwali Faral having a variety of dishes are also not troublesome during this season. Though it is better to consume sweet dishes made up of pure ghee, coconut, and dry fruits for better health.

Rejoice your Mind

Decorating homes, rangolis, lightening and gifts are all ways of positivity, happiness linked with emotional well being. Ayurved equally focuses on the emotional well being of individuals. These all Diwali linked creations and traditions are none but happiness and energy for rejuvenation of mind after hectic, stressful year.
In short, all the Rituals are Preventive Keys for a Happy, Healthy Life.
This Diwali is approaching on a different note. Last 2 years were very stressful for mankind due to the pandemic. It has effectively changed our way of living. It taught us the importance of being healthy from within. It made everyone to introspect about their health and associated factors like lifestyle, diet, exercise.
On this auspicious occasion of Diwali which brings the light of happiness and hope together, let us make a pledge to ourselves ”To remain Healthy from within in this New Normal.”
Turyaa, our Well being Companion can associate with you all in this journey by guiding you about individual specific diet, exercise, and correct water intake requirement without compromising your Diwali food taste and without making you calorie conscious.
Enjoy diwali and let the US worry about your Wellness.

Author:
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Ganesh Archana – “Patri Puja”

Significance of 21 Patri-leaves used in Ganesh Archana – An Ayurveda Perspective.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with dedication and great devotion all over India. People bring and welcome Idols of Ganapati at home or in pandals.
The special chant of Mantras, Pooja, Aarati always enhance the energetic, lively atmosphere of the festival.

One of the major rituals of the pooja on the Ganesh Chaturthi is the “Patri pooja”.’ At least 21 different ‘Patri’ , that is leaves of plants are typically used.

The list of plants used may differ slightly from one region to another. Locally available medicinal plants are supposed to be used for pooja. It is observed that every plant leaf from Pooja has unique medicinal values and health benefits. They all are used as medicines for various diseases.
The broad spectrum uses of these plants make them unique and hence included in special pooja of Ganapati. Apart from this, it is ecologically beneficial to cut down leaves of fully grown plants after the rainy season (Shravan) for better propagation.

Let us understand first the medicinal values associated with these 21 different types of leaves.

Let us start from the number 21 itself? What is the special significance of this number “21”?

The logical reason behind this number “21” is that our body is believed to be made up of Panchamahabhuta and 16 Indriya (5 basic constituents and 16 main organs). Hence 21 Patri puja is believed to be a symbolic offering of our complete self to Ganapati – an act to remind us to keep our ego in check.

Let’s have a look for 21 patri and its medicinal uses in general. Common names are mentioned in brackets.

1. Machi Patram – (Davana)

Treats skin diseases such as leprosy, leucoderma, various gastrointestinal (abdominal) diseases such as stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal colic, gynecological diseases. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

2. Bruhati Patram – (Dorali)

It relieves joint pains, reduces lumps, treats asthma, and coughs. It is good for the heart. It removes bad odors from the mouth. It increases sperm count. It works as a diuretic.

3. Bilva Patram – (Bela)

All parts of this tree leaves, fruit, stem and roots are used as medicine to cure various diseases such as dysentery, asthma, fractures, healing of wounds, swollen joints, high blood pressure, jaundice, and typhoid and for the management of diabetes. Bela fruit pulp is used to cure chronic diarrhea, dysentery, gastric problems.

4. Doorvayugmam - (Doorva)

Doorva helps to arrest bleeding and anemia. It cures skin diseases and dandruff. It reduces nightmares/bad dreams. It acts as diuretic and useful in many gynecological disorders.

5. Dhattura Patram – (Dhotara)

It works as anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory. It treats asthma, fever, wounds, dandruff, joint disorders such as stiffness, locked jaw, lower back pain, itching, pain.
Note – Dhattura is a toxic plant and is not advised for children and pregnant women. It causes hallucinations, and convulsions.

6. Badari Patram – (Bora)

It treats Laryngitis, cough, digestive disorders, wounds, and injuries.

7. Apamarga Patram – (Aaghada)

It treats digestive disorders, poisonous bites, asthma, leucoderma Improves digestion and metabolism.

8. Tulasi Patram - (Tulas)

It is one of the best antiviral herbs. It is an antimicrobial and anti -toxic.
it treats asthma, chronic disorders, psychiatric disorders, kidney/bladder stones, skin diseases with pain and itchiness.

9. Chootha Patram - (Aamba)

It treats diabetes, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, skin discoloration. It also acts as a good energizer and stimulant.

10. Karaveera Patram - (Kanheri)

This is a toxic herb and it is used for external applications. It treats Leprosy, wounds and injuries, lice, itching, fast movement of eyes, eye inflammation.

11. Vishnukranta Patram - (Shankhapushpi).

Used to treat brain and nervous system related disorders, blood vomiting, bleeding disorders, ulcers, gastric irritation, memory loss. It increases memory power and intellect. It enhances the self-healing potency of the body.

12. Daadimee Patram – (Dalimb)

It treats dysentery, food poisoning, diarrhea and acidity related disorders.

13. Devadaru Patram - (Devadar)

It treats skin diseases, wounds, injuries, headache, arthritis, breast pain, mastitis, stiffness.

14. Maruvaka Patram - (Murva)

It treats skin diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, sore throat, cough, scorpion bite, bad breath.
It is considered as good cardio-protective, liver tonic and stops abnormal menstrual flow.

15. Sindhuvara Patram - (Nirgundi)

It treats Vata related problems, used as anti-poisonous drugs, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, vaginal inflammation, grey hair.

16. Jaati Patram – (Chameli)

It treats skin diseases, wounds, mouth related problems, indigestion, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, eye diseases.

17. Gandaki Patram – (Kanchanar)

Used to treat heart related diseases, piles, skin diseases, cervical lymphadenitis.

18. Shamee Patram - (Shami)

It treats mouth ulcers, joint pains, diarrhea, itching skin diseases, scorpion bites, wounds, bleeding disorders, repeated abortion.

19. Ashwathha Patram - (Pimpal)

It treats impotence, joint swelling, pain, pimples, bleeding and wounds, skin diseases.
It’s bark is used in preparation of many medicines, it is also used in abnormal bleeding disorders, strengthening uterine muscles.

20. Arjuna Patram - (Arjun)

It treats joint pains, heart diseases, wound and septic conditions, bleeding disorders, fractures, chronic respiratory disorders, tuberculosis.

21. Arka / Mandar patram - (Rui)

It treats poisonous bites, wounds and injuries, leprosy, tumors, joint pains.

There is some variation in 21 patris described for pooja. In the above information we tried to focus on common medicinal uses of plants. Do include above patri in pooja and spread awareness about its uses by sharing this article.
May the high spirits of Ganesh Festival stay with us forever just like the blessings of
Ganpati Bappa!!

Blogger –
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician)

 

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