Maha Ashtami 2015: Mahashtami also known as Durgashtami, is second day of Durga Puja. Maha Ashtami is one of the most important days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja on Maha Ashtami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja which is very much similar to Maha Saptami Puja except Prana Pratishtha which is done only once on Maha Saptami.
Maha Ashtami 2015 – Durgashtami 2015
Maha Ashtami Puja Time
- Ashtami Tithi Begins = 14:23 on 20/Oct/2015
- Ashtami Tithi Ends = 13:29 on 21/Oct/2015
On Maha Ashtami nine small pots are installed and nine Shakti’s of Durga are invoked in them. All nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Maha Ashtami Puja.
Young unmarried girls, being treated as Goddess Durga itself, are also worshipped on Maha Ashtami. Worshipping of young girls during Durga Puja is known as Kumari Puja. In many regions Kumari Puja is done during all nine days of Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja on a single day during Durga Puja is preferred on Maha Ashtami.
Navratri 2015 8th Day – Mahagauri Puja on Asthami
Mahagauri is the eighth manifestation of Goddess Durga and amongst the Navadurgas. Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu mythology, the Goddess Shailputri at the age of sixteen was extremely beautiful and was blessed with fair complexion. Due to her extreme fair complexion she was known as Goddess Mahagauri. Goddess Mahagauri is compared with the conch, the moon and the white flower of Kunda. She adorns white clothes only and due to that She is also known as Shwetambardhara.
Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life. Mahagauri has four arms. Her right arm is in the pose of allaying fear and right lower hand holds a trident in it. She holds a tambourine in her left upper arm and the lower one is in the form of a blessing.
Governing Planet – It is believed that the planet Rahu is governed by Goddess Mahagauri.
Mahagauri Stuti –
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु माँ महागौरी रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di – Jai Mata Di
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Navratri Puja – Durga Puja 9 Days Details
Sources: wiki, drikpanchang
Maha Ashtami 2015 – Durga Ashtami 2015 – Mahagauri Puja Timing on 8th Day of Navratri is written by Vivek Sharma
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