Navratri: Why Is Jware/ Barley Cultivated During Navratri? Significance, Meaning And More Inside

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Navratri: Why Is Jware/ Barley Cultivated During Navratri? Significance, Meaning And More Inside

Navratri is one of India’s favourite festivals which is celebrated with great pomp and excitement. Every community in the country has their own version or way of celebrating this festival in their region. There are many traditions followed while celebrating this festival. One of them is sowing or cultivating Jware or Barley in an earthen pot at home. What does this tradition signify? Keep reading to know!

Cultivating Barley/Jware During Navratri

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Many communities in India, especially Gujaratis, grow barley or jware in a pot during Navratri. You must have seen these pots at your neighbour’s house or at a friend’s place.

It is believed that the tradition of growing barley or jware during Navratri is centuries old. According to Hindu scriptures, when Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe) created the universe, the first crop that grew on land was barley. It is also said that it was on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada that the universe was created.

Hence, barley is sown or cultivated at home from the very first day of this festival. Another reason behind this is Anna Brahma, which means that food must always be respected. 

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Reflects The Future Of The Person

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After barley is sown in the house during navratri, many households have the tradition of monitoring the growth of this crop. It is believed that the way this crop grows and the colour it grows into give a sneak peek into the future of the person.

It is said that..

  • If the barley grows very rapidly and also looks healthy, the house is blessed with Maa Durga’s endless blessings. 
  • If the barley is densely growing and is pure, healthy white in colour, it is said to be a symbol of contentment and success. 
  • If the barley does not grow densely or has very stunted growth, the house might be under the influence of some negative energy. 
  • If the barley grows black in colour, it is an inauspicious sign. 

After the end of the nine days, this pot is immersed in a river or any clean water body. 

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