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Date: 19 Dec 2015   Posted By: PANKAJ GUPTA     Group: Religion    Category: Hinduism   

What is the real importance of sowing barley or wheat grains in the earthern pot on the first day of Navratra ? What is its connection with devotion and routine life of devotees? What are the other popular rites which devotees perform during this festival in different parts of India? Experts: kindly suggest.

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Author: Venkiteswaran.    20 Dec 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

There are many things which are symbolic in our life. They may be to give us certain hints and leads.
Just take the case of the colours and designs in a country's flag, the designs on logo and insignia. They are all representations or symbols which point to certain things.
Many times they give us the idea of what the institution or the particular function is about etc. They also give self confidence and hope to the people.
The germinating seeds sowing doe in many functions is to symbolise progress and prosperity. They are also symbols and actions to replenish and nourish nature around us. Sometimes they become food to other creatures and animals also.
So in effect all these are to emphasise our relationship of co-existence with nature and nature's other creations.

Author: Kailash Kumar    20 Dec 2015      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Barley or wheat are seeds. Sowing seeds signifies growth, prosperity and abundance. Seeds provide growth. It signifies fertility also. Kalash or Ghat is a symbolic form of Goddess Durga. Establishing Kalash in home is considered to bring positivity and happiness. On the visarjan day, the growth of the sprouts of barley are observed. If they are fresh and sparkling green and in abundance, then it is considered very fortunate. Rarely one finds a white sprout also which is considered very auspicious and fortunate.

Author: Mahesh    21 Dec 2015      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The thing with tradition is that they were started as a way to express the feelings. So we have to take things literally or metaphorically. If you look at it from materialistic way then things may not make sense to you. And you may find it yet another tradition that is nothing but waste of time.

Let's take things symbolic way. We know that nature offers us all the food and resources. When we sow seeds back into the ground. We are giving things back to the nature. When we care for nature, we are giving it back. It creates balance and it shows reciprocation. As we know such reciprocation is required for the balance and the happiness. So think of that tradition as symbol of the balance.

So look at the tradition in terms of celebration for balance, abundance and respect towards nature.

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