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Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017

Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017
Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017
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Several special rituals take place on the day of Ashtami, like the famous 'Astra Puja', which is a custom to worship Goddess Durga's weapons with which she defeated the powerful buffalo demon Mahisasura.

Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017

It is said that it was on the day of Ashtami, after a long drawn battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, Goddess Kali appeared from Durga's forehead to annihilate Mahishasura's demons Chanda, Munda and Rakthabija. Therefore on this day, Ashta Nayikas, or the eight forms or incarnations of shakti together forming the divine power are worshiped in the form of Durga.

Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017

Another common ritual followed across the country is that of Kanya pooja or Kanjak. In Kanjak or Kanya Puja, nine girls are welcomed into the house by first washing their feet and then tying moli (red thread) around their wrists. These girls are seated in a line and given halwa, poori and chole (also known as 'bhog') along with all kinds of gifts: pencil boxes, hair clips, clothes etc.

Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017

Significance of Durga Ashtami 2017
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