On Ashtami, devotees observe fast, and worship Goddess Durga, who is an epitome of strength. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Durga Ashtami is celebrated on the eighth day on Chaitra Navratri which falls on Ashtami Tithi of the Shukla Paksha. This year, it falls on Wednesday (April 1). On this day, the Mahagauri form of Goddess Durga is worshipped. The Chaitra Navratri started this year on March 25 and the celebrations will end with Ram Navmi on 2 April 2020. On Ashtami, devotees observe fast, and worship Goddess Durga, who is an epitome of strength.
Before breaking their fast, the devotees do ‘Kanya Puja’ by worshipping, feeding and presenting new clothes to unmarried girls. According to the Hindu belief, it was on the eighth day of Navratri when Shakti had taken the form of Goddess Durga to kill demon Kalasura on the request of the Devas.
According to drikpanchang, Chaitra Navratri Durga Ashtami auspicious time starts at 3:49 am on Wednesday and ends at 3:40 am on Thursday (April 2). Moreover, the Navratri celebration will end with Ram Navmi which falls on April 2 this year. It is celebrated on the 9th day of Chaitra month.
Ram Navmi symbolises the removal of evil and incarnation of divine power on the Earth. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Ram, Lord Vishnu’s seventh incarnation.
Ram was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. However, this year, the Navratri witnessed muted celebrations due to outbreak of coronavirus. People have been asked to stay indoors and maintain social distancing.