|The word for fasting i.e. Upavasa itself means to move near ( to the Supreme) and by implication to overcome helplessness.
According to the Hindu belief, fasting has a way of neutralizing or minimizing chaos in the body. Instead of focusing on food, when fasting, the whole body assists one in going towards spirituality.
Hindus fast in observance of a vow or holy day. Fasting can be done in many ways. A simple fast may consist of merely avoiding certain foods for a day or more, such as when nonvegetarians abstain from fish, fowl and meats. A moderate fast would involve avoiding heavier foods, or taking only juices, teas and other liquids.
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