Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Durga Ashtami is eighth day of Navratri – Durga Puja, Maha Gowri Puja, Bagalamukhi Puja, and Vajreshwari Devi Pooja

Durga Ashtami is eighth day of Navratri – Durga Puja, Maha Gowri Puja, Bagalamukhi Puja, and Vajreshwari Devi Pooja

by Mantra & shlokas on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 12:39pm

 Eighth day of Navratri is celebrated as Durga Ashtami. Durgashatami 2010 date is October 15th, Friday. Also known as Maha Ashtami or Veerashtami, this festival is an auspicious day to worship the Mother Goddess. Navadevi worshippers adorn and worship the Goddess in the form of Durga Devi (Durga Devi Alankaram). This is the second day of Devi Triratra Vratam.

Durga Ashtami is the most auspicious day to perform Kanya Puja (Kumari Puja / Kanjak Puja), Suvasini Puja, Dampat Puja (worship to married couple).

Mahagowri Puja is observed as part of Navadurga Puja during Navratri. Bagalamukhi Dasamahavidya or Pitambari Dashamahavidya is worshipped by Dashamahavidya sampradaya sect. Vajreshwari Devi is the Goddess to worship on Durga Ashtami as a part of Saptamatrika Navaratri or Ashtamatrika Navaratri.

On Durga Ashtami, Bathukamma festival is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. This is the biggest Hindu festival in Telangana region of the state.

Sandhi Puja is one of the most important ritual during Durga Ashtami Durga Puja in Bengal. It is performed at the end of Durga Ashtami and the beginning of Maha Navami.

Maha Gouri:

Mahagauri, also spelt as Maha Gowri, is the eighth manifestation or aspect of Navadurga. Maha Gauri is worshipped on Durgashtami or Mahashtami, the eighth day during Durga Navratri. Mahagouri pooja 2010 date is October 15th. She is always considered as eight year old girl who is also called as Kanya or Kumari.

Legend of Maha Gowri – Mahagouri Katha:

Maha Gowri was Goddess Parvati in her previous birth. In Parvati form, she observed austere penance to get Lord Shiva s her husband. Due to her severe penance, she became black and dark in colour. Her body complexion became very dark that Siva was frightened to see her. But Lord Shiva pleased with the intention behind her dark complexion and washed her body with the holy water of Ganga. Then, she became bright and shining Mahagauri.

Durgashtami – Moola Nakshatra Durga Navratri Puja

Durgashtami, also known as Mahashtami or Virashtami, is the most important day in Durga Navratriand Durga Puja. Durgashtami 2010 date is October 15. On this day, Kumari Puja and Suhasini Pujaare performed. In Bengal, Sandhi Puja is observed at the conjunction Durgashtami and Maha Navami days.

Durgashtami 2009 is very significant as it falls on Moola Nakshatram day. Moola Nakshatram arrives at 3.59 in the evening on 25th September (Maha Saptami) and moves on at 6o clock in the evening on 26th September (Durgashtami). As Moola Nakshtram is the birth star of the Mother Goddess, this Navratri Puja is most auspicious as per Hindu beliefs. According to Jyotish, it may mark some good results for Hindus and Hindu religion. In 2010, Moola Nakshatram will be coinciding with Maha Sashti or Durga Shashti. On this day Durga Puja 2010 will start in Bengal.

On Durgashtami, Bathukamma Panduga, the biggest traditional festival, is celebrated in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. On Moola Nakshtram day, Goddess Kanaka Durga is decorated and worshipped in Maha Saraswati Devi alankaram. For Saraswati Puja, Moola Nakshatram is the main aspect. On this day, Saraswati Puja starts all over India.

In Basara Gnana Saraswati Devi Temple, Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh, Aksharabhyasam, also known as Vidyarambham is the main event on Moola Nakshtra yuktha Saraswati Puja.

Durgashtami – Durga Ashtami Puja

Durgashtami Puja or Durga Ashtami pooja is observed on the eighth day during
Durga Navratri Puja. Durgashtami, also known as Maha Ashtami and Veerashtami, is celebrated on eighth day during Ashwin month (Ashwayuja Shukla Ashtami). Durga Ashtami 2010 date is October 15. Durgashtami is also known as Veerashtami because on this day Arjuna has taken out his Ayudha (weapons) from Shami tree. Ayudha Puja or Astra Puja is the main ritual on Durgashtami or Mahashtami day.


Popularly known as………….

" Kangrewali Mata," this seat of deity is powerful, so much so, as to conquer the enemy. Vajra means thunderbolt and the goddess, who bears it, is known as Vajreshwari Devi.

The temple houses miraculous idols of Lord Bhairon and the famous devotee Dhyanu-Bhakt. History reveals that this Shrine and for remained always invincible for the enemies, though repeatedly attacked by some Mughal and Afghan Invaders.

DHYANU - a popular name among the devotees of the goddess - has become an ideal. Any story, poetry , debate or seminar on the subject , is incomplete without his reference . The temple corridors are decorated with his pictures and idols. His sacrifice is always remembered as source of inspiration to the devotees of the great goddess.


Kangra is situated at a distance of 53 kms from 'Jwala Mukhi' and is an important city of Himachal Pradesh. It takes about 2 hours to reach by bus, from Jwala Mukhi and 3 hours of journey by bus,from pathankot to holy temple.Kangra is connected by bus  to all important places of Himacal Pradesh.

Mata  Baglamukhi Pooja & Jaap

Baglamukhi is one of the Mahavidhya from Dash Mahavidhya,

It is said that Offering of Puja and homa to Devi Bagala Mukhi acts like a weapon to stop your enemy from doing a harm against you. It is also believed that by offering Puja and Homa to Ma Bagalamukhi somebody can get a relief from legal problems; he/she can get rid of being the victim of an adverse incidents; can avoid the possibility of accidents, blood shed and even an anticipated unnatural Death.

Puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals.Where the gods are believed to dwell as royalty, puja is usually performed at sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight.  Worshipers may also arrange for a puja to be done by a priest to mark a special event such as a birth or death or to ask for a particular favor.

The prime mantra for Bagalamukhi the seed-syllabe Hlriim. The addition of the la-sound to the mantra Hriim gives it the power to stop things. She also has an extended mantra.


Important Puja rituals to perform on Durgashtami:

On Durgashtami day, Saptamatrikas, Ashtamatrikas and 64 Yoginis are worshipped. Ashtamatrika Pooja during Durga Navratri is most fruitful observance as per Yogis and Sadhaks. Mahagauri is the Navadurga Goddess to worship on Durgashtami day. Maha Gauri Puja is also one of the main pujas to perform on Durgashtami. In some places, Goddess Bagala or Goddess Narayani is worshipped on Durgashtami.

On Mahashtami day, in some rural areas in India, Janthu Bali (animal sacrifices) are performed. It is to be noted that Hindu culture and Hindu scriptures do not encourage this type of rude devotions and ridiculous traditions.

Durgashtami Significance – Legend associated with Mahashtami

Durga Ashtami, also known as Mahashtami or Veera Ashtami, is the eighth day of Durga Navratri. Durga Ashtami is very significant as per the Hindu beliefs and the legend associated with Durga Navratri Ashtami. Durga Ashtami 2010 date is October 15.

On Ashwin Krishna Ashtami day, Goddess Bhadrakali, the powerful and fierce form of Mother Goddess, was incarnated. She appeared along with Yogini ganas to annihilate demon Mahishasur. In Sanskrit ‘Durga means the undefeatable. Goddess Bhadrakali appeared with 64 Yogini Shaktis and some other fierce Goddesses to strike fear in Mahishasura. On Mahanavami, she became Mahishasura Marshini by slaying the demon. Because of this reason, the main rituals related to Durga Navratri are performed on Durgashtami.

On Durgashtami, devotees offer food and other dakshina or santarpana to Brahmin. Suhasini Pooja is also performed on this day in some regions. Kumari Puja is observed on Mahashtami in some places. On Durga Ashtami, in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, Batukamma festival is celebrated.

1 comment:

  1. nice post! Thanks for providing the complete information of navarathri festival, During this festival me and my mother offer prayers to her daily by chanting durga mantra with devotion.