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Durga Ashtami 2021 Puja Vidhi, Muhurat Timings, Mantra, Samagri: Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami can be held on October 13, Wednesday. The Ashtami tithi will start at 9.57 pm on October 12, and can finish at 8.07 pm on October 13, in keeping with Drik Panchang.

Durga Ashtami is taken into account to be probably the most essential days of Durga Puja. It begins with mahasnan and shodashopachar puja, which has similarities to Saptami puja. On today, 9 small pots are put in and 9 shaktis of Durga are then invoked in them. All of the 9 types of the goddess are worshipped throughout Mahashtami puja. Younger, single ladies are additionally worshipped on today. This is called ‘Kumari Puja’.
Kumari Puja is held throughout Durga Puja by ceremoniously worshipping younger ladies as an incarnation of the Goddess. (Supply: Categorical Photograph by Janak Rathod)
One of many primary occasions on Durga Ashtami is the sandhi puja, which is held on the juncture when Ashtami tithi ends and Navami tithi begins. It’s believed that Devi Chamunda appeared round this time to kill demons Chanda and Munda.

The puja normally lasts for about 48 minutes. This time, the muhurat is from 07.43 pm to 08.31 pm. Throughout this time, it’s customary to carry out an animal sacrifice. Individuals who abstain from sacrifices can substitute it with banana, cucumber or pumpkin for performing a symbolic ‘bali’. And it’s also customary to mild 108 earthen lamps in the course of the sandhi puja.

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