Navratri 8th Day Maha Ashtami Durgashtami Maa Mahagauri Puja Timing: Maa Durga’s eighth manifestation is worshipped on this day of Mahashtami also known as Durga Ashtami. It is the second day of Durga Puja / Pooja. Its celebrations start with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. This day is similar to Maha Saptami except Prana Pratishtha custom.
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Maha Ashtami Puja Time
- Ashtami Tithi Begins = 14:23 on 20th October 2015.
- Ashtami Tithi Ends = 13:29 on 21st October 2015.
On the occasion of Mahashtami, it is a custom to make small pots along with 9 shaktis of Durga Goddess. All the forms of Durga are worshipped in this pooja.
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It is a custom to worship the young unmarried girls treating them as if they are Durga. It is known as Kumari Puja and performed in many regions of India. It is done on a single day only.
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Maha Gauri worship is done on eight day during navratrae. The Hindu mythology states that Shailputri devi was extremely beautiful and has a nice personality with appearances at just the age of 16. Thus, due to her beauty and fair complexion and small age, this day came into existence. She is even compared with the conch, the moon, and the white flowers of Kunda. She is always donned in white clothes. That’s why is also known as Shwetambardhara.
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She possesses the power to fulfill the needs of devotees and needy persons. The devotees and the persons who worship her are said to be get relief and his/her sufferings end.
She is always depicted as having four arms. Each one representing some thing. Right arm depicts allaying fear whereas right lower hand holds trident. A tambourine is placed in her left upper arm while the lower left shows her giving blessings.
Governing Planet – Rahu is governed by Goddess Mahagauri.
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
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