Maha Ashtami is the 8th day of the Durga Puja celebration. It is also known as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami. It falls on the Ashtami tithi in the month of Karthik as per the Hindu calendar.
Public Holiday Dates
This year, Maha Ashtami falls on the 3rd of October, a Monday in India. This festival is mainly celebrated in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and so on.
The Maha Ashtami is the second day of the Durga Puja festivity. Maha Saptami is the day when the battle commences between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, who is a demon king. The festival of Durga Puja is the celebration of the victory of the Goddess over the demon king.
As per Hindu mythology, the world was threatened by the evil buffalo demon, Mahishasura, who any man or god could not defeat. So finally, all the gods came together and collected their energies to give rise to Durga, the ten-handed Goddess with one of the deadliest weapons of each god.
The festival comes to an end on the day of Vijaya Dashami. It is the 10th day of the festival. Maha Ashtami is one of the most important days during the 5-day festival.
Durga Ashtami Story
Goddess Durga was believed to be created by the Divine Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh to annihilate the notorious demon Mahishasura. Who had terrorized the three Worlds? During the Sharad Navratri, the Devi Durga andMahishasura was in a raging battle. The deceptive Mahisashura sent his subjects Raktabeeja, Chanda, and Munda. Goddess Durga manifested into Her most severe form of Kali to finish Rakthabeeja, Chanda, and Munda. During the battle, the ferocious demon Raktabeeja posed a challenge as every drop of his blood that fell on the ground gave birth to
thousands of clones of the devil. Being the powerful Goddess that She is, Maa Kali put an end to Rakthabeeja by drinking all His blood and eliminating him. Chanda and Munda, too, were beheaded by her.
Why do they feed nine girls
After fasting during the festival, young girls, usually nine in number and a boy, are invited to the devotee’s house. Their feet are washed and fed with blessed food Ashtami book or Prasadamwhich was offered to the Divine Mother as Durga Ashtami Naivedyam. The Ashtami bhog includes Puri, Chana and Halwa, Khichdi, Papad, Kheer or Payesh, Chutney, and Rasqulla. The food is entirely vegetarian and prepared without Onion and Garlic. Each of these young girls, called Kanjaks, epitomizes the Shakti (energy) of Durga on Earth and also represents the nine forms of Devi Durga. After eating the young girls and the boy and presenting them with gifts and Dakshina, the devotees break their fast. It is said that Goddess Durga is pleased when these children are honored and fed.
One can also wear a bracelet of Durga. The bracelet comprises the Nine Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by Goddess Durga Herself. 9 Mukhi Rudraksha represents Goddess Durga (Shakti). She manifestation of Kali (protection), Saraswati (Knowledge), and Mahalaxmi (Wealth). The wearer is blessed with energy. Powers. Dynamism, fearlessness. Knowledge and abundance
DURGA IDOLS OF PANCHDHATU:
Durga idols of Panchdhatu can be installed for worship. Panchdhatu, as per Shilpa Shastra, is an alloy of gold (Au), silver (Ag), copper (Cu), Brass, and lead (Pb) as the major constituents. It is believed these metals attract cosmic energies during worship.
One can also wear a Durga locket for protection. Wearing Durga Bracelet keeps the wearer off all the negative energies, including black magic. Durga Yantra, when installed at home or office, neutralizes the almosomele
How to keep durga ashtami vrat (fast)?
Observing Durga Ashtami Vrat is done to gain the blessings of Goddess Durga. Some devotees choose to keep dry fast by abstaining from consuming food and water throughout the day. The choice of what kind of Vrat is observed is upon the devotee. Some keep the Durga Ashtami Vrat on a water and Milk diet. Rice, lentils, and wheat are not to be consumed today. Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly avoided on this day. After having a bath in the morning, take a Sankalpa by invoking Goddess Durga to keep the fast with devotion. Pray, worship, and meditate on the power of Maa Durga on this day. Many choose to sleep on the floor with the thought of not indulging in any luxury for a day. The fast on this day is also beneficial for spiritual attainments.
Benefits of durga ashtami puja
On the auspicious day of Maha Ashtami Durga Puja, devotees generally observe the Durga Ashtami Vat and perform the meritorious Durga Ashtami Puja by following the rules meticulously. The benefits of Durga Puja Maha Ashtami worship give the invincible all-around protection of Devi Durga, courage, power, strength, victory in all ventures, prosperity, wealth, name, fame, good health, and heals Personal Consultation
diseases. Aids spiritual growth fulfills the desires of the devotees and brings abundant blessings to the Goddess Durga. Couples desirous of having a child but unable to conceive again from performing the Durga Ashtami Puja.