The Prime Minister has been keeping the Navratra fast for the last 35 years. This year, there is an extra reason to celebrate -- the party's massive victory in the recently held Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
In a blog post in 2012, PM Modi had mentioned that he has been observing fasts during Navratri for 35 years. In September, 2014, he observed a Kartik Navratri fast while on tour in the United States and the menu at the high tables had to be tweaked for his convenience.
Chaitra Navaratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that begins on March 28 and will end with Ram Navami on April 5. Held in honour of Goddess Durga and Goddess Shakti, the festival is celebrated in the lunar month of Chaitra. These nine days of Chaitra Navaratri are also marked by fasting and abstinence, with observing the festivities allowed only certain kind of foods. In certain parts of the country, this festival is also known as Vasant Navratri.