The eighth day of the auspicious Hindu festival of Navratri known as Durga Ashtami. On this day, devotees of Maa Durga worship Goddess Mahagauri. It considers being one of the most significant days of the extended celebrations. People also recognize it as Navratri Ashtami
Further, Ashtami, meaning ‘the eighth’ dedicates to Goddess Mahagauri. It is one of nine forms of Goddess Durga. Further, according to Drik Panchang, this year, it is celebrating on October 13, 2021. The nine forms of Durga Maa are Shailaputri, Bhahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmands, Skanda Maa, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.
Something about Durga Puja
This year Durga Puja began on the fifth day of Navratri October 11 and will end on October 15. Moreover, on Maha Shastri, Durga Puja celebrations began with full gusto. Further, devotees worship the idol of Maa Durga. During Durga Puja, devotees wake up early to worship the goddess and follow other rituals.
Some dates :
- Mahalaya: October 6, 2021
- Maha Shasthi: October 11, 2021
- Maha Saptami: October 12, 2021
- Durga Ashtami: October 13, 2021
- Maha Navmi: October 14, 2021
- Vijaya Dashmi (Dusshera): October 15, 2021
Durga Ashtami 2021 Date
Ashtami is celebrating in India on October 13. Many people who celebrate Dura Puja also refer to it as Maha Ashtami. Further, the Ashtami tithi will begin at 9.57 on October 12. Moreover, it will end at 8.07 pm on October 13, according to Drik Panchnag.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweets…
महाष्टमी की आप सभी को ढेरों शुभकामनाएं। नवरात्रि के इस पावन दिवस पर मां महागौरी के पूजन का विधान है। उनके आशीर्वाद से हर किसी का जीवन रोशन हो। माता महागौरी की एक स्तुति… pic.twitter.com/TYaJoW1WOB
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 13, 2021
Significance of Durga Ashtami 2021
According to Hindu customs, Ashtami celebrations begin with mahasnan or a grand bath to rid oneself of impurities. Further, this ritual follows by installing nine small pots to invoke nine Shaktis of goddess Durga. After that, they are worshipped during Mahaashtami Puja.
Moreover, Devotees also offer goddess Mahagauri with yellow followers, halwa, puri. One can wear yellow or white clothes while worshipping the goddess. Further, during the aarti, 108 earthen lamps are lit to appease the goddess and seek her blessings. Additionally, People worship young, unmarried girls on this day. Everyone presents them with special Navratri preparations. This ritual is known as Kumari Puja. Devotees believe that these girls are manifestations of Maa Durga. Further, worshippers also wash their feet, offer them red dupatta, bangles, and a few tokens of gratitude.
Significance of worshipping Maa Mahagauri
According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Mahagauri depicts four arms and sitting on a cow. Further, it has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees and blesses them with fearlessness. People who worship the goddess, get relief from all the sufferings in life. She represents purity, calmness, wisdom, and austerity.
So, on the occasion of Durga Ashtami, we have not only worship girls. But also have to pledge that to give them respect, freedom. Also, we have to ensure that girls live their life in their own way. With Representing and believing that girls are manifestations of Maa Durga also start believing that they are humans too.
This Durga Ashtami, let’s pray no Durga is aborted; no Saraswati is stopped from going to school; no Lakshmi has to beg for money from husband; no Parvati is sacrificed for dowry.🙏@RajaDharaa @Chhaya_Singh1@OM00089 @Shivani_Mzn @Journalistayush @parigupta1606#दुर्गाष्टमी pic.twitter.com/TIZHpfw3D5
— Akshay Kumar💙 (@akvishwakarmaji) October 13, 2021