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Durga Ashtami 2018: Date, Muhurat Timing, Benefits of Durga Puja

Of all the Ashtamis, Durga Ashtami (17th October 2018, Wednesday) is the most auspicious and providential one. It is also known as Maha Ashtami. Durga is the chief deity or Shakti as per the philosophy of Shaktism and manifests in Her ten forms known as the Mahavidyas. On this day, devotees worship Her as well as Her weapons therefore the day is also known as Astra Puja. In many parts of India, it is known as Vira Ashtami; ‘Vira’ means heroism. Durga displayed Her divine beauty to the celestials and inconceivable heroism while fighting the demons such as Mahishasura.

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Tithi Oct. 16 (Tuesday) 10:16 AM  
Tithi Oct. 17 (Wednesday)   12:49 PM

Of all the days of Navratri or Durga Puja, the eighth day is regarded as Durgashtami, or Durga Ashtami. There are believes and stories shared by some communities that Goddess Kali appeared on this day from the forehead of Mother Durga and crushed Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija, the servants of Mahishasura.

On this day devotees offer worships to Sixty Four Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas (eight Shaktis or powers). They are all are worshiped during the Durga Puja rituals. The Ashta Nayikas are eight incarnations of Shakti. These eight Shaktis are Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani and Chamunda.

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What to do on Durga Ashtami: How to celebrate?

Durga Puja And Yajna:

Durga Puja and Yajna on this day is highly recommended. Goddess Durga is worshipped for courage, success and prosperity. She symbolizes strength, morality and protection.

Why to do this puja?

  • For protection and relief from diseases
  • For attraction of suitable outcomes
  • For self-confidence and courage
  • For blessing of Maa Durga

Rudraksha bead:
One can also wear a bracelet of Durga. The bracelet comprises Nine Mukhi Rudraksha bead ruled by Goddess Durga Herself. 9 mukhi Rudraksha represents Goddess Durga (Shakti). She is Manifestation of Kali (protection), Saraswati (Knowledge) and Mahalaxmi (Wealth). Wearer is blessed with energy, powers, Dynamism, fearlessness, knowledge and abundance.

Durga Idols of Panchdhatu:
Durga idols of Panchdhatu can be installed for worship. Panchdhatu, as per Shilpa Shastra, is an alloy of gold (Au), silver (Ag), copper (Cu), Brass and lead (Pb) as the major constituent. It is believed these metals attract cosmic energies during worship.

One can also wear Durga locket for protection

Wearing Durga Bracelet keeps the wearer off all the negative energies including black magic.

Durga Yantra when installed at home or office neutralizes the atmosphere.




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