Sharad Ritucharya : Healthy Ayurveda Lifestyle of Autumn Season

Sharad Ritucharya: Healthy Ayurveda Lifestyle of Autumn Season

A Healthy Ayurveda Lifestyle regime for healthy Body - Mind and Soul...!

Autumn Season

        Just as the seasons change in the external environment, in the same way our body also keeps on changing. According to one of the theories of Ayurveda, what is inside us is also resides outside in nature too. External changes in the environment have a direct impact on our health. Just as trees make changes in their own way according to the changes in the environment, in the same way, we also need to make changes in lifestyle for a healthy life. Therefore, according to Ayurveda, leaving the old season routine, we should start practicing the lifestyle of the new coming season. So that balance of body and nature can be balanced. This is why chapters of Ritucharya have been written in Ayurveda. Where the Ayurvedic lifestyle is described according to different seasons. Surprisingly, this lifestyle written thousands of years ago seems to prove to be true even on today's standards.

        Autumn comes after the rainy season. According to the Indian calendar, autumn is seen from Bhadrapada to Karthik month. Which is often seen from August to October. Generally, we in India, celebrate festivals like Shraddha rituals, Navratri, Vijayadashami, and Sharad Purnima during this time.


Auspicious Shloka of Atharvaveda: "जीवेत शरद: शतम" :

        Many times we must have seen that जीवेत शरद: शतम -  kind of blessing is given by elders on one's birthday. This is a sukta taken from the Atharvaveda. Sukta is a Mantra derived from the Vedas of India. Most of us would probably know that Ayurveda is also a Upveda of the Atharvaveda! जीवेत शरद: शतम- is also a Vedic text which has been wished to live happily for a hundred and more years. The 67th Sukta of the 19th volume of the Atharva Veda describes one such mantra, which is necessary to know and understand. It is like this :

    The first sukta: पश्येम शरदः शतम् ।।१।।
    This means that we look at a hundred shards, that is, our eye senses should be healthy for a hundred years.
  • The second sukta: जीवेम शरदः शतम् ।।२।।
    This means that we should live for a hundred autumn, that is, we should live for a hundred years.
  • The third sukta is: बुध्येम शरदः शतम् ।।३।।
    This means that our intelligence remains capable for a hundred years, that is, stay mentally healthy for a hundred years.
  • The fourth sukta: रोहेम शरदः शतम् ।।४।।
    This means that our growth continued for a hundred years, that is, we continued to progress for a hundred years.
  • The fifth Sukta: पूषेम शरदः शतम् ।।५।।
    That means for a hundred years we keep getting confirmation, we get good food. 
  • The sixth verse: भवेम शरद: शतम् ।।६।।
          It means we remained for a hundred years. This is a repetition of the second verse.
  • Seventh Sukta:
    It means that we remain holy for a hundred years.
  • The eighth and final sukta: भूयसी शरदः शतात ।।८।।
    This means that even after a hundred years, it remained the same.
    That is, this mantra of Atharvaveda is a mantra of wishing for happiness and longevity by every means!

Seek Blessings

Reason behind "जीवेम शरदः शतम्" blessings:

        By the end of the rain, the bright rays of the sun begin to fall on the earth. Then autumn begins here. Our body is used to with the constant cold climate of the previous rainy season. At the onset of autumn, due to the increase in heat, Pitta dosha naturally increases. Vegetables are grown up more in the Sharad Ritu, but by drinking rainy water, veggies grow with worms, they accumulated more salts than normal. Due to which they become poisonous by nature, so eating them causes more diseases. That is why it has been said that satirically 'रोगाणाम शारदी माता' means in Sharad Ritu is the mother of diseases. People tend to fall sick more in this particular season. Therefore, if this Sharad Ritu is spent well - without any disease - then it will be considered healthy for the whole year. Hence जीवेम शरदः शतम्  blessings are given.

Condition of Body and Environment during Sharad Ritu:

    Ayurveda texts described the atmosphere of Sharad Ritu like this: Clouds become sparse in the autumn, they are very clean and beautiful. The rays of the moon become more effective, clean, and balsamic and bring joy to the mind. The water of rivers, lakes, and ponds becomes clean by the effects of sunlight and moonlight.

    In the rainy season, the body gets the practice of tolerating rain and its coolness. After the rain, in the Sharad Ritu, the sun shines with its full intensity and heat. As a result of this heat, Pitta dosha that accumulates in the body during the rainy season becomes completely infested. This causes blood to be contaminated. As a result, disorders of bile and blood, fever, stomach irritation, Acidity, Boils, Skin Rashes, Psoriasis, itching, etc. are more common in Sharad Ritu.

Sharad Ritu

Healthy Regime in Sharad Ritu according to Ayurveda:

• Take food only when you are hungry and only after the previously eaten food is digested.

• It is useful to eat only the right amount - Small portion when hungry.

Ghee is beneficial for calming pitta dosha. Use cow ghee instead of oil while preparing food. Ghee should be rubbed on the feet while sleeping at night. It also absorbs excess heat from the body. 

• In the autumn, Madhur (sweet), Tikta (Bitter), and Kashaya (Astringent) flavors should be consumed.

Shali chawal (rice), Mung, Wheat, Yav, Sama should be taken in cereals.

• Gram like Tuvar dal, Mung dal, Masur dal can be taken in pulses in moderate amount.

• Boiled milk, curd, butter, ghee, shrikhand (homemade only) can be taken as per digestive power.

• Among the vegetables - cabbage, kakoda, parwal, gilka, guarfali, carrot, corn, turai, chaulai, dudhi, pumpkin, suran (zamikand), potatoes should be taken.

• Among fruits - Pomegranate, Amla, Singhara, Munakka and Kamalgatta are beneficial. Eating Amla with sugar will be more beneficial.

• A drink made with Munakka (dry grapes), fennel, and coriander quenches the heat!

• Tulsi seeds or cold water ( of clay pot ), amla syrup, etc. are also useful for this season.

• The body gets essential minerals from the water kept in a clay pot.

hansodak jal

Hansodak Jal ( हंसोदक जल ) : 

    In this season, water should be used during the day by placing it in the rays of the sun and in the rays of the moon at night. In Sharad Ritu, water becomes completely free from poison and impurity due to the effect of Agastya star, hence it is considered like nectar. Apart from drinking, using this water for bathing and swimming is also beneficial. Acharya Charak has called this water Hansodak Jal.

• Flowers blooming during this season should be used as ornaments. Aromatic flowers perform the function of coolant to body.

• Clothing should be cotton, loose, bright, and white.

• In Sharad Ritu, due to excessive outbreak of bile,fever and associated symptoms are seen in the body very frequently. One can observe fasting to get rid of the fever. After keeping a fast, one can try this homemade remedy-  Boil coriander powder 3 Spoon, khas / ushir powder 2 Spoon, and dry ginger powder 1 Spoon in 3-liter water. Filter it and drink sip by sip the whole day whenever thirsty. Do not take medicines to reduce fever quickly, otherwise, new diseases related to Pitta dosha and liver will continue in the body. Nowadays we have seen this happening in many people. For this, consult your Ayurveda expert and seek to advise.

• Applying coconut oil to the body regularly before bathing in the Sharad Ritu will be beneficial to the skin. Applying coconut oil to the entire body is beneficial in the rashes and boils of skin that occur due to excessive sweating due to heat.

• The use of Virechan (a purgative therapy) and Raktmokshan (removal of contaminated blood) therapies of Ayurveda should be done with the advice of Ayurveda doctor to balance Pitta dosha and contaminated blood.

Things to Avoid during Sharad Ritu:

• In the Sharad Ritu, eating fatty, hot in nature foods must be avoided.

• Food should not be taken without feeling hungry. Don't overeat. 

• Bajara, Makai, Til, urad, sarso ( mustard), Dahi (curd), Imali (tamarind), Unriped mango, Pickels, Pudina, Methi (fenugreek), garlic, Baingan (brinjal), Karela ( bitter gourd), Bhindi (okra), cucumber, Hing (asafoetida), MungFali (peanuts), black pepper, etc. must be purposely avoided in Sharad Ritu.

• Foods that contain high salts, alcohol, soft drinks, yogurt, and salts in any form should not be eaten in excess, rather avoiding them is the only key to a healthy body.

• More exercise and excessive sexual activities are also harmful.

• Very cold water, frozen food, Ice is more harmful in Sharad Ritu.

• It is not good to sleep in the day or wake up late at the night. Sitting for too long in the sun is not good for your health.

• Sunlight, dew, and cool winds coming from the east should be avoided in this season.

The scientific significance of the festivals of Sharad Ritu:

• For the peace of Pittdosh in this season, Ayurvedic scholars have organized eating kheer, eating ghee pudding, and performing Shraddhkarma during Sharad Ritu.

• There is a provision for organizing Chandra vihar (walking under the moon), Garba dance ( Navratri ), and Sharad Purnima festival for the purpose of quenching Pitta in the body.

• During Navaratri, by night awakening, due to the cooling of the moon, pitta dosha gets balanced. The night awakening is good, but it should be considered till 12 o'clock or even earlier. Tridosha is manifested by more awakening at night and sleeping in the morning and afternoon, which worsens health.

sharad Poornima 

• During the day of Shraddha, drinking of milk, rice, kheer for 16 days is considered to be good for balancing excessive heat in the body.

• Our visionary sages have also organized a festival like Sharad Poonam especially in terms of health in this season. 

• Dudh-Poha or milk-rice pudding placed in the rays of the moon on the cold night of Sharadapoonam is the most popular, Pitta pacifier, cold and sattvic food according to Ayurveda.

• In the night of Sharad Poonam, meditation, bhajan, Satsang-kirtan, Chandra-darshan, etc. are extremely beneficial for physical as well as mental health.

        Thus, if we followed these rules of Ayurveda, a dincharya of Sharad Ritu, we would surely be able to avoid diseases during this season. And if Sharad Ritu has passed well then "Jivem Sharadah Shatam" will definitely be meaningful...! May you all जीवेत शरद: शतम ....! 


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