|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Oct 11: On the fifth day of Shardiya Navratri, Pandit Kundan Lal Sharma (religious preacher) highlighted the significance of Navratras and Bhajans with his melodious voice at Nai Basti Ward No 6 RS Pura. He emphasized on reviving the culture, rites, traditions of Vedic Sanatan Dharma, old customs and traditions, especially the youth should actively participate in religious programs and bring new consciousness, awakening in the society. He expressed gratitude to Anil Pandit, Jyoti Sudan, Om Prakash and the youth for adding beauty to the ceremony. Delivering religious discourse, Kundan narrated that Navratri or Maha Navratri symbolises the victory of good over evil. For nine long days, Goddess Durga fought the battle with demon king 'Mahishasura' and killed him, marking the victory of good over evil. Navratri also marks the beginning of the festival season in India, which is followed by Dussehra, Diwali and Bhai Dooj. Navratri is one of the most significant festivals of the Hindus celebrated all across the world. This is also one of the most ancient festivals dating back to the times immemorial. He further elaborates, "Like a mother keeps a baby in the womb for nine months, during these nine days, a devotee through fasting, prayer, meditation gets back to its true source, which is love, joy and peace. While fasting detoxifies the body, silence purifies the speech and brings rest to the chattering mind. Meditation, however, takes one deep into one's own being. However, it is important to teach your child the scientific importance of fasting and its digestive benefits.