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Nov 18, 2016

The real significance of growing Jaware / Khetri in Navratra / navami pooja / can jaware or Khetri be eaten?

What made me write this post are the discarded Jhuwara / jawara / Khetri pots after the ninth day - NAVAMI Pooja of Navratri. Hindu sow wheat or barley seeds on the first day of Navratri pooja and offer the saplings to the mother goddess on the last day as part of the rituals. One can easily find these pots along with the remaining saplings inside the huge MCD dustbins or piled up under any Peepal tree.

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What people don't understand is the real meaning behind this ritual which has been followed by the Hindus for years. Being a Hindu I must say that our Sanatan Dharma is probably one of the most well thought religions which stand so firm in their ability to explain its rituals and values in the most scientific and logical manner. When we talk of this ritual of sawing Jhuware / jaware / Khetri ( Also Harela in Uttaranchal region) it clearly indicates the value of sprouting the grains and growing wheat grass to reap out the health benefits out of it. It's importance is so deep and well appreciated by our ancestors that it is offered at the feet of the goddess as a symbol of respect, purity and devotion and then kept on our heads as a mark of blessings from the Goddess's feat. We saw it keeping so much of purity and hygiene aspects in mind in terms of selecting the soil and  manure and also choosing the quality of seeds. We then keep an eye on its growth and water it consciously in order to help it grow reasonably well. If the saplings doesn't grow well or long enough it is not considered as a good sign. At least a few sprouts must pop out to be offered to the goddess and then be taken as a prasad. Do we ever thought why it has given so much of importance in our rituals and is linked to positivity and prosperity in our life.

The biggest agony of today's age is that we choose to follow rituals just as action points without trying to understand their true meaning. By all such rituals our ancestors tried to pass on the gift of the knowledge which they wanted us to imbibe in our day to today life. Growing Jhuwara should not be the action for just one day as part of a ritual but must be grown throughout the year and consumed as part of our diet. Imagine the tremendous health benefits of consuming it on a daily basis in the form of a salad dressing or in a powdered form or may be extracting it's juice etc. 


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Ages back there was no such concept of commercializing the knowledge but with passing of time and also realizing the health benefits of wheat grass many organic and Ayurvedic companies have started offering variety of products ranging from powered wheat grass to flavored Juices. These tiny greens are rich in vitamin A-C-I-K-B complex and also proteins. There are seventeen amino acids which present in these saplings. These miracle greens are  70% chlorophyll, which can tackle most of the blood / hemoglobin related problems in the human body. It is amazingly filled with oxygen and therefore a natural detoxification agent. They can even remove heavy metals from the body and tackle many blood disorders. As now they are marketed vigorously by the health companies across the world people buy them at any price because a Baba Ramdev is suggesting it or an Amway is advocating it. 

High time guys .... it takes almost no efforts to grow fresh wheat grass at your home or balcony or even at the windowsill. You may use any type of container even a used container from your kitchen to grow it. You may consume it's fresh leafs or juice it in your grinder by adding a little water into it. People staying in the most polluted cities can take tremendous health benefits by consuming this juice as an excellent detoxification agent and an easy remedy to flush out the toxins from their body. A prevention from free redials and a rejuvenating heath drink for your overall health system. What are you waiting for..Goooo man.. Grow the greens.... 

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