On Durga Ashtami 2018, Know About The Significance Of The 8th Day Of Navratri

| October 17 , 2018 , 12:51 IST

Maha Ashtami also known as Durga Ashtami or Maha Durga Ashtami is one of the most important days during Navratri festival. The eighth day of Navratri is celebrated as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami. During the favourable nine-day festival, eight consorts of Goddess Shakti namely, Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani and Chamunda are worshipped.  

Many devotees observe fasts and offer prayers to the goddess. On all these days, devotees wake up early, bathe and pray to the goddess, making various offerings such as milk, sugar and fruits.

On Durga Ashtami, the eighth avatar of Goddess Shakti named Chamunda is venerated. It is believed that Goddess Kali appeared on the day of Maha Ashtami and defeated Mahishasura’s demon associates, Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija.

This day is also celebrated as Astra Puja (weapon worship) in several parts of India where the weapons of Goddess Durga are revered thereby, celebrating the divine feminine strength and power.

There’s also an age-old tradition associated with the festival to honour the kanjaks (a group of young girls) at home. It is believed that every kanjak represents a consort of Goddess Durga, personifying her energy and power. The girls are welcomed by washing their feet and applying Alta on their feet. They are then fed sweets and delicious food and bestowed gifts.