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Worship of Girl Child during Navratras

Little girls are worshiped during Navratras and they symbolically represent Goddess Durga. The worship is performed on the occasion of Ashtami, the eighth day of Navratri. The little girls who are invited to be worshipped are known as ‘kanjaks.’This worship is part of the ongoing Navratri fast and celebration. The little girls are ceremonially welcomed into the house and their feet are washed and tilak is applied. Then they are served with traditional sweets. The girls are also given gifts and money.This ritual is held mostly in Punjab and Haryana – two states famous for female feticide. In recent years, many household in these states were finding it hard to get girl children to worship as Goddess Durga.

Fasting an intrinsic part of Navratras

Fasting is an important aspect of Navratras. Navratri falls during that period of the year when the climate undergoes several changes. Fasting helps in adapting to the changing climate. Fruits and raw food consumed during the Navratri fast are easily digestible and prepares the body to adapt to the changing weather.Apart from this fasting eliminates toxins and wastes, which clogs the digestive system.

BPCL outlets to issue Vaishnodevi yatra slips

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has struck a deal with the Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) to issue Vaishnodevi yatra slips. The slip is a mandatory pilgrimage registration for visiting the natural cave shrine. Earlier, the slip was issued at Katra or through the official web site of the shrine.BPCL will be issuing the slips through select outlets in different states in India. In the initial stage, select outlets in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat will be issuing the slips.