India is celebrating Sharad Navratri 2018. Sharad Navratri and Chaitra Navratri are two Navratris that are the most celebrated festivals by devotees of Goddess Durga. The festival of nine days is very important for Hindus across the world. During these nine days, devotees pray to nine incarnations of Goddess Durga called Navdurga. Each day of Navratri is dedicated to one form of the Goddess Parvati. All nine days, devotees pray to Goddess with multiple offerings like milk, sugar and fruits. The 8th and 9th day of Navaratri are called Ashtami and Navami respectively. And on these day devotees worships little girls and offers them kaale chane, puri, kheer, sweets and some gifts to make Goddess Parvati happy.
When Is Ashtami: Ashtami Puja, Ashtami Date
This year Ashtami would be celebrated on Wednesday,17th October 2018.
Ashtami Tithi Begins = 10:16 on 16 October 2018
Ashtami Tithi Ends = 12:49 on 17 Oct 2018
When is Navami: Navami Date and Navami Puja
This year Navami starts on 17th October and would end on 18th October.
Navami Tithi Begins – 12:49 PM on 17/Oct/2018
Navami Tithi Ends – 15:28 PM on 18/Oct/2018
Ashtami & Navami Puja Vidhi
First, you should wash feets of all the girls you have invited and then make them sit on pedestals. After that Moli (red and yellow holy thread) is tied on the right Hand and tilak is applied on the forehead of all girls. Traditional Ashtami and Navami Prasad – Puri, Chana and Halwa, is first offered to Goddess Durga and then served to all the girls. Girls are also offered some presents in form of money, Red dupatta and bangles. The puja ends with taking blessings from the girls in form of a pat on the back while touching their feet.
The ritual of Kanya Pujan celebrates the Hindu philosophy which believes in the universal forces to be feminine gender. The very original force is Mahamaya whose inspiration created the Gods and the rest of the universe. Goddess Parvati and all her forms are believed to be the Incarnation of the same inspiration Mahamaya.