Navratri 2022: The nine-day Hindu festival wherein the nine forms of goddess Durga are worshipped will be concluded with the festival of Vijayadashami or Dussehra. After a gap of two years, people will be able to celebrate Maha Navami and Durga Puja without any restrictions. On Durga Ashtami, devotees worship Goddess Durga and observe a fast. The last two days of Navratri are said to hold a special significance among Hindus. Celebrated with much fervour, joy and excitement, the highlight of these two days is the ritual known as Kanya Pujan. Devotees complete the ritual on either Ashtami or Navami.
This year, Shardiya Navratri is celebrated from September 26 to October 5. Ashtami, also known as Durga Ashtami, is the eighth day of Navratri. This is considered as the most important day during this period and the devotees worship Maa Mahagauri and do Kanya Puja.
Durga Ashtami 2022: Date and Auspicious Timings
This year, Ashtami will be marked on October 3. According to Drik Panchang, Ashtami Tithi will begin at 06:47 pm on October 2 and end at 04:37 pm on October 3.
Durga Ashtami 2022: Puja Vidhi
On the eighth day of Navratri, offer red dupatta and red tilak to the idol of the goddess. Clean the area where you have to perform the puja and then place an idol or a picture of Goddess Mahagauri. Pray to the goddess while taking white flowers in your hands.
Kanya Puja: Signifinace
During Navratri, female worship is of great importance. The Navratri fast of devotees is completed only after nine girls are worshiped as the reflection of the nine goddesses. Maa Durga after getting pleased by the offerings or Dakshina showers the devotees with blessings. Devotees pray to Maa Mahagauri on this day. She symbolizes purity, serenity and tranquillity.
Durga Ashtami 2022: Mantra
Vande Vanchit Kamarth Chandrardhkrit Shekharam
Sinhruda Chaturbhuja Mahagauri Yashswanim
Purnandu Nibhan Gauri Somchakrastithta Ashtam Mahagauri Trinetram
Varabhitikaran Trishool Damroodharan Mahagauri Bhajem
Patambar Paridhanan Mriduhasya Nanalankar Bhooshitam
Manjeer Haar Keyoor, Kinkini, Ratnakundal Manditam
Praful Vandana Pallavandhara Kaant Kapolan Trailokya Mohnam
Kamniya Lavanya Mrinal Chandangandhliptam.