“Trees laden with ripe fruit, the entire expanse of the earth filled with ripened corn ready for harvest, lakes filled with beautiful aquatic birds like geese, the pleasant sight of blooming and blossoming lotus flowers, the moon brightening up the sky with a milky white lustre.”

This is the mood and flavour of Sarat Ritu, as noted in Chitrasutra of the Vishnudharmottara-purana.

Ancient Indian science divides a year into six seasons or. Sarat (or Sharad) is broadly termed as Autumn, spreading over mid September to mid November of the Gregorian calendar.

The days are sunny, yet pleasantly cool and comfortable. The skies are clear blue with white cotton clouds floating lazily. The nights are mildly intoxicating with slight chill and clear sky. Seasons have been our guides not just for our diet, but activities and routine in India as it has a direct bearing on our health. As per Ayurveda, ritucharya is the observance of diet and regimen according to the seasonal changes.

The Doshas [one of the three vital bioenergies described in Ayurveda condensed from the five elements that is responsible for the physical and emotional tendencies and well-being of our mind and body] keep changing according to the seasons and following the respective ritucharya helps build body's immunity and thereby checking the adverse impact of seasonal changes.

Sarat ritu falling in Dakshinaayana period has its own do’s and dont’s in Ayurveda. The predominant taste of the season is Lavana (i.e. salty). Owing to the weak digestive system of our body in this season, the food/taste advised are: Ghee processed with bitter herbs; bitter, food with astringent and sweet taste and easily digestible food like rice, green gram, aamla, honey and sugar. Curd, oil, strong liquors are the ones to be avoided.

ITC Grand Chola welcomes you with its Sarat Ritu fare at Royal Vega. Tempered with a blend of condiments, vegetables and lentils that include  a generous dollop of jouissance and the touch of Royal India, indulge in Sarat to the fullest!