Durga Ashtami 2020: Date, Muhurat Timing, Benefits of Durga Puja
Of all the Ashtamis, Durga Ashtami (23rd October 2020, Friday) 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.
Date & Day
October 23 (Friday)
October 24 (Saturday)
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.
On this day, Ashtami Puja is performed in order to please Goddess Durga. In this puja, nine earthern pots are placed in the centre and worshipped. The ritual is said to invoke the nine shaktis of Durga.
After morning bath during the Brahmamurat (4 AM – 6 AM), one should wear clean clothes.
They should set up a picture or an idol of Goddess Durga. A red colored ‘Dupatta’ or Saree should be offered to the deity along with Durga Saptshati book, Holy Ganga water in a Kalash, mango leaves, Roli, Moli, fresh grass, sandalwood, coconut, rice grains, supari, betel leaves, cloves, cardamom, kumkum (vermillion) and gulal. (More about these items in Puja Kit)
After that, pray to Goddess Durga with Dhoop, Roli, kumkum, flowers, rice grains, and diya.
Halwa Puri and chana should be offered to Her along with sweets. After this take some flowers and chant:
Sarva-Manggala-Maanggalye Shive Sarvaartha-Saadhike | Sharannye Tryambake Gauri Naaraayanni Namo stu Te
Meaning: Obeisance to You O Narayani Who is the Auspiciousness in All the Auspicious, Auspiciousness Herself, Complete with All the Auspicious Attributes, and Who fulfills All the Objectives of the Devotees (Purusharthas - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha), Who is the Giver of Refuge, With Three Eyes and a Shining Face; Salutations to You O Narayani.”
After reciting the mantra, offer the flowers. At the end, recite ‘Durga Chalisa followed by Durga aarti.
Traditionally, a group of young, female children (five, seven, nine, and eleven) and a boy below seven are invited into the home. Devotee Householders honor them by washing their feet, worshiping them and feed them with sweets and other prasadam of Goddess Durga.
Why do they feed nine girls?
After fasting during the festival time, young girls and a boy are invited to the devotees' houses, where their feet are washed and fed with blessed food (prasadam/ Ashtami bhog). The Ashtami bhog includes puri, chanaa and halwa, khichdi, papad, payesh, chutney and rasgulla without onion and garlic. Each of these young girls called as kanjaks epitomizes the shakti (energy) of Durga on Earth. After feeding the young girls and the boy and presenting them with gifts, devotee householders break their fast. It is said that Goddess Durga is pleased when these children are honored and fed.
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.
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.
Spiritual Items associated with Durga Ashtami
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.
Discover a range of unique Durga mala made of 9 Mukhi Rudraksha ruled by Goddess Durga Herself. Best for those seeking energy, powers, dynamism, fearlessness, knowledge and abundance in their personal and professional life.
Durga Pendants and Lockets
One can also wear energized Durga locket for protection from negative energies, black magic and more.
Wearing Durga Bracelet keeps the wearer off all the negative energies including black magic.
Durga Yantra when installed at home or office purifies the atmosphere of all negative energies.
Special Durga Pujas
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. Benefits include protection and relief from diseases, attraction of suitable outcomes, self-confidence and courage and blessing of Durga.
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