Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami is perhaps the most promising days of the five day long Durga Puja Festival. Generally, the celebration is noticed for 10 days in Hindu families bu the genuine puja that happens in the ‘pandals’ is held over a time of 5 days (beginning from Shashthi). In India fasting is embraced by hindu individuals on this blessed event. Individuals likewise get together on this day to move ‘garba’ and wear brilliant garments. This day is likewise known for ‘Astra Puja’ (Worshiping Weapons) as on this day the weapons of goddess Durga are loved. The day is otherwise called Vira Ashtami as there are believed to utilize arms or hand to hand fighting on this day.
The eighth day of Navratri or Durga Puja festivities is known as Durgashtami, or Durga Ashtami. It is otherwise called Mahashtami and is one of the most promising day as per Hinduism. It falls on brilliant lunar fortnight Ashtami tithi of Aswina month as indicated by the Hindu schedule.
It is trusted in certain areas, the goddess Chamunda showed up on this day from the temple of Mother Durga and obliterated Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija (the evil presences who were partners of Mahishasura). The 64 Yoginis and Ashta Shakti or matrikas (the eight savage type of Goddess Durga) are loved during the Durga Puja ceremonies on Mahashtami. The Ashta Shakti, otherwise called Eight Shaktis, are deciphered contrastingly in various locales of India. In any case, every one of the eight goddesses are manifestations of Shakti. They are a similar incredible Divine Feminine, addressing various energies.
The Ashta Shakti revered during Durga Puja are Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani and Chamunda.
The puja for the most part goes on for around 48 minutes. This time, the muhurat is from 07.43 pm to 08.31 pm. During this time, it is standard to play out a creature penance. Individuals who keep away from penances can supplant it with banana, cucumber or pumpkin for playing out a representative ‘bali’. Furthermore, it is additionally standard to light 108 earthen lights during the sandhi puja.