why to avoid carrots always?

why to avoid carrots always?

Postby diyaashish » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:16 pm

On the website http://www.goloka.com/docs/calendar/ekadasi.html carrot is given along with onion and garlic in the list of foods never to eat. Is there a vedic refrence for this? And does this mean that even carrot should not be offered to Krishna?
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Re: why to avoid carrots always?

Postby dasi_anu_dasi » Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:42 pm

Solar eclipse according to the Puranas. The Devas and the asuras jointly churned Kshirabdhi wherefrom emerged Dhanvantari with the Amrtakumbha (pot of nectar).
But an asura mayavi (magician) called Saimhikeya absconded to Patala with the Amrtakumbha which nobody noticed as everybody was busy with dividing other divine objects. Only after the mayavi's disappearance was it noticed that the Amrtakumbha was missing. At once Mahavisnu assumed the figure of a beautiful woman, got back the Kumbha and gave it to the devas. The devas began drinking the amrta when, at the instance of some other devas, Saimhikeya, the mayavi, assuming the form of an old Brahmin reached svarga, got a share of the amrta and began to drink it. Surya and Candra (Sun and Moon) who were on guard at the gates divined the secret of the 'old Brahmin' and informed Mahavisnu about it. He cut the throat of the pseudo-Brahmin with his Sudarsana Cakra. But, half of the nectar he had drunk stayed above the throat and the other half below it. Therefore, though the head and the trunk were severed they remained alive. These two parts, in course of time, evolved as Rahu and Ketu
When the throat was cut some blood dropped on the ground, and became the red onion and the white onion (garlic) respectively. So both onion and garlic originated from the throat and blood of the demons or asuras, thus their consumption brings us closer to tamo guna (mode of ignorance) which characterizes the nature of the demons and thus is detrimental to bhakti.
(Kamba Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda and Bhagavata, Astama Skandha. Kamba Ramayana is a Tamil text by poet Kambar.)

Some persons also say that red carrots also fall into this equation being associated with the above stories but the fact is that this is incorrect as red carrots are a hybrid vegetable, they were crossed to form the red colouration for the King of Holland, an Orangeman in the 16th century. There are several colours of “carrots” in their natural state, but the vegetable that we know today as a carrot cannot be the one referred to in the above stories as it was not in existence.

So carrots are perfectly ok to offer to the deity and to eat.
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Re: why to avoid carrots always?

Postby npawar » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:01 pm

hari bol,

thanks a lot prabhu.
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे || हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे||
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