Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsav or Shardotsav, is a popular religious festival of Hindus that is celebrated all over the country and also in some parts of the world.
It is a celebration of the victory of Mother Durga over the demon Mahishasura. The festival is celebrated in the Hindu lunar calendar month Ashwin, which corresponds to the September-October month of the Gregorian calendar.
From the Shashthi Tithi of Navratri, Durga Puja pandals are set up and the festivities begin. Meanwhile, the eighth day of Navratri or Durgotsav is known as Durgashtami.
According to Hinduism, it is one of the most auspicious days of Durgotsav, also known as Maha Ashtami. This day is celebrated on the Ashtami date of the Shukla Paksha of the Hindu luni-solar month of Ashwin. This year it will be celebrated on 13 October 2021.
Durga Ashtami 2021: Significance
According to the legends, there were two demons Shumbha and Nishumbha who defeated the gods and invaded Devaloka. He sent two demon commanders named Chand and Munda.
Meanwhile, upon hearing the prayers of the gods, Mata Parvati created Mata Chandi and on the day of Ashtami, Mata Chandi killed Chanda and Munda. She brought their heads to Mata Parvati and hence, Chandi Devi was named Chamunda.
On Mahashtami, the ritual of worshiping the 64 yoginis and the eight ferocious forms of Mother Durga- Ashta Shakti is a very important puja. These Shaktis are incarnations of Mother Durga representing many energies. During Durgotsav eight powers are worshiped namely Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasimhi, Indrani and Chamunda.
Durga Ashtami 2021: Sandhi Puja
Sandhi Puja has special significance during Durgotsav. This is the time when Ashtami Tithi ends and Navami Tithi begins. This can happen at any time of the day and lasts for about 48 minutes and during that time only Sandhi Puja is performed. It is believed that during this time Chand and Munda Mata Chamunda appeared to kill the demons.
Durga Ashtami 2021: Celebrations
Some devotees keep fast.
Special worship is organized in many Shaktipeeths.
Astra worship is done, the weapons of Mother Durga are worshipped.
Mata Chamunda is worshipped.
– Sandhi is worshipped.
Many deities are worshiped on this day.
Garba and Dandiya (dance performance) are enjoyed in many states of India.
Note- The information given here is based on religious beliefs and folk beliefs, there is no scientific evidence for this. It has been presented here keeping in mind the general public interest.
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