October 9, 2016

DURGA ASHTAMI

DURGA ASHTAMI or MAHA ASHTAMI is one of the most auspicious days of ten days long DURGA PUJA Festival. In India, fastings are undertaken by many people on this holy occasion. This day is also known as 'Astra Puja'(Worshiping Weapons) as on this day the weapons of goddess Durga are worshiped. The day is also known as Vira Ashtami as there are seen to use arms or martial arts on this day.
The eighth day of NAVRATRAS or DURGA PUJA celebrations is known as Durgashtami, or Durga Ashtami.It is also known as Mahashtami and is one of the most auspicious days according to Hinduism. It falls on the Ashtami tithi of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar.
It is believed in some regions, that Goddess Kali appeared on this day from the forehead of Mother Durga and annihilated Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija (the demons who were associate of Mahishasura). The 64 Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas (the eight consorts of Goddess Durga ) are worshipped during the DURGA PUJA rituals on Mahashtami. The Ashta Nayikas also known as Eight Shaktis, are interpreted differently in different regions of India. But ultimately all the eight goddesses are incarnations of Shakti. They are the same powerful Divine Feminine, representing different energies.
The Ashta Nayikas worshipped during Durga Puja are Brahmani, Maheswari, Kameswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani and Chamunda.
A tradition associated to Durga Ashtami originated in North India, is to honor the kanjaks in the home. A group of young, unmarried girls (a group of five or seven) are invited into the home to honor them. The tradition is based on the belief that each of these young girls( kanjaks ),represents the shakti (energy) of Durga on earth.The group of girls is welcomed by washing their feet (a common ceremonial in India to welcome someone) and then welcoming them into the home and then the rituals are being done as Alati and Puja.After the rituals, the girls are feed sweets and foods and then honored with small gifts.SOURCE-WIKIPEDIA
Wishing on this most Auspicious, Divine, Sacred, Spiritual and Devotional occasion of  "DURGA ASHTAMI" today OF ALMIGHTY GODDESS MAA MAHAKALI  , to all my Friends, Near and Dear ones, Family members, Sisters and Brothers, all my Relatives, Loved ones, My Blog Readers, My Blog Visitors, My Blog Voters, Everyone and to All of You Living in Every Nook and Corner of INDIA and also Living All Over the GLOBE " A VERY HAPPY DURGA ASHTAMI" AND "MAY LOVE AND BLESSINGS OF SUPREME GODDESS MAA MAHAKALI REMOVES ALL OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY AND LADDER OF SUCCESS AND BLESS YOU AND FILL YOUR LIFE WITH HAPPINESS, JOY, PEACE, LOVE, ETERNAL BLISS AND PROSPERITY ON  DURGA ASHTAMI  AND ALWAYS." 
from Vijay Kumar Verma---Noida INDIA

I AM INDIA, I LOVE MY INDIA, INDIA FIRST AND I AM PROUD TO BE INDIAN.

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