Durgashtami, or Durga Ashtami, also known as Mahashtami is an important days of Durga Puja.
Durga Ashtami is the second Puja day of the Durga Puja. It is celebrated on the eighth day of Devi Pakhsha.
The devotees of Goddess Durga start the celebrations of Maha Ashtami with the recital of Sanskrit hymns in community puja pandals. They also offer Pushpanjali to Goddess Durga.
The worship of little girls, called kumari puja, is the main attraction of the day. In this puja, either one or nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga (Navadurga) are worshiped.
It is a custom to wash the feet of these nine young girls as a mark of respect for the goddess and then offer new clothes as gifts by the devotee.
The Maha Ashtami day ends with the Sandhi puja which is done at the juncture when Ashtami Tithi ends and Navami Tithi starts. It is believed that Devi Chamunda had appeared during this time to kill the demons Chanda and Munda.
Sandhi Puja Muhurta might fall at any time during the day and Sandhi Puja is done during that time only.
In other parts of the country, the day is celebrated as the eighth day of the nine day Navratri festival dedicated to goddess Durga. In case of Navratri, the Kumari Puja is done during all nine days.
Maha Ashtami 2018 Date :
In 2018, Maha Ashtami will be celebrated on Wednesday, 17th October 2018.
Wishing Bengali’s and all other who follow Durga Puja, Subho Ashtami !!!