(You can adapt it to your taste, place & availability)
Pure, fresh water
Jaggery or natural cane sugar, or any sugar (sweet)
Tamarind juice (astringent)
Grated raw mango, lime juice or other fruit (sour)
Neem flower petals (if available / bitter)
Rock salt or black salt (salty)
1-3 Shodhana Vati tabs crushed (contains all 6 tastes)
When and How to Drink
You should ideally take this drink on the first and second day of Navaratri (The 9 Nights of Mother Divine). This is the first thing we drink for the Festival to enliven Agni/energy by having all the Six Tastes.
This drink showcases how life itself has all the different flavors of experience. And tells you it’s not only to have a sweet & easy time always ~ life can sometimes have sad and bitter experiences too. So we have to drink and accept/enjoy the full range of life, knowing that everything balances out just like the Six Tastes (each taste & experience has its own purpose & value).
Before you drink chant this: