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How to Grow Jau/Barley in Navratri Easily

Discover the secrets of cultivating barley during the festive season and sow the seeds of prosperity with our guidance on growing Jau (barley) during Navratri!

Shivangi Rai
Jau is believe to have purifying properties that help to detoxify the body. (Image Courtesy- Freepik)
Jau is believe to have purifying properties that help to detoxify the body. (Image Courtesy- Freepik)

Barley is a nutritious grain packed with dietary fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals while being low in fat and calories, making it ideal for weight management.

Additionally, it's gluten-free, making it suitable for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. This versatile crop is a dietary staple in Europe, Asia, and Africa and can be used in a wide range of dishes like soups, stews, salads, and breakfast cereals. It can even be ground into flour for making bread, cookies, and various baked goods, adding to its culinary versatility and nutritional value.

Steps to Grow Jau in Navratri

  1. Begin by soaking barley seeds in water for 6-8 hours

  2. Take a small pot or tray and fill it with soil

  3. Sprinkle the soaked barley seeds evenly over the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil

  4. Water the soil gently, being careful not to disturb the seeds

  5. Place the pot or tray in a sunny location, preferably near a window where it can get sunlight

  6. Regularly water the soil to prevent it from drying out completely

  7. In just a few days, you should notice the barley seeds sprouting

  8. Continue to water the sprouts regularly, and in approximately 7-10 days, you'll have fully grown barley sprouts ready for use.

Requirements to Grow Jau in Navratri


Barley (Jau) thrives in well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0. The soil should be rich in organic matter and free from weeds and debris. The best soil types for barley are sandy loam, loam, and clay loam.


Barley requires full sun, getting at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Sufficient sunlight is essential for its growth, and insufficient light can lead to stunted growth and reduced yield.


Barley needs consistent moisture throughout its growing season, requiring about 20-30 inches of water. However, overwatering should be avoided, as it can lead to fungal diseases. Water when the soil is dry to a depth of two to three inches.


Barley is more tolerant of cool temperatures compared to other cereal crops. It prefers daytime temperatures between 15-21°C and nighttime temperatures between 4-10°C. Some regions even grow barley in winter.

Jau Care


Barley requires nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for growth, with nitrogen being the most important. The amount of fertilizer needed depends on soil fertility and barley variety, which can be determined through a soil test.


During Navratri, prune barley by removing dead or diseased leaves and ensuring proper spacing between plants. This promotes healthier crops and a more abundant harvest.

Pests and Diseases

Common pests include aphids, mites, and wireworms, which can be controlled with insecticidal soap and insecticides. Diseases like powdery mildew, rust, and scald can be prevented through resistant varieties, crop rotation, and proper irrigation.

Importance of Jau in Navratri

  • Purifying Properties: Barley is believed to have purifying properties that detoxify the body. During Navratri fasting, it is consumed to cleanse the body.

  • Nutritional Value: Barley is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, low in fat, and cholesterol-free, making it a healthy grain for fasting.

  • Traditional Dishes: Barley is used in traditional Indian dishes like jau ki roti, jau ka halwa, and jau ki kheer during Navratri.

  • Offerings to Goddess Durga: Offering barley to Goddess Durga is believed to bring good luck and prosperity during Navratri.

  • Symbol of Earth's Fertility: Barley symbolizes Earth's fertility and ensures a prosperous harvest season when consumed during Navratri.

  • Worship: On the seventh day of Navratri, jau is offered to Goddess Kalaratri as a form of worship, representing the goddess's strength and victory.

Thus, these practices and beliefs highlight the significance of barley (Jau) during Navratri, both as a staple food and a symbol of devotion.

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