Guwahati: Ashtami is the eighth day of the auspicious Hindu festival of Navratri, and devotees of Maa Durga worship Goddess Mahagauri on this day.
On October 13, Ashtami, which is also known as Durga Ashtami will be celebrated.
The goddess Durga’s nine forms, Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri are worshipped throughout the nine-day Navratri festival.
According to Drik Panchang, the Ashtami tithi will begin at 9.57 p.m. on October 12 and finish at 8.07 p.m. on October 13.
Ashtami is also known as Maha Ashtami by many people who celebrate Durga Puja. During the extended celebrations, it is one of the most important days.
Ashtami rituals begin with mahasnan, or a grand bath, to clean oneself of impurities, according to Hindu tradition.
This is followed by the installation of nine tiny pots to evoke goddess Durga’s nine Shaktis, which are then worshipped at Mahashtami puja. Yellow flowers, halwa, puri, and black chickpeas are also offered to Goddess Mahagauri by devotees.
When worshipping the goddess, one can wear yellow or white attire. 108 earthen lamps are lit during the aarti to thank the goddess and seek her blessings.
Furthermore, on this day, young, unmarried girls are worshipped and given special Navratri preparations. This ritual is known as Kumari Puja. These girls are thought to be manifestations of Maa Durga, according to devotees. Worshippers wash their feet during the puja and present them with red dupattas, bangles, and other gifts of thankfulness.