Durgashtami is also pronounced as Durga Ashtami. The day of Durga Ashtami is dedicated to worshipping Mother Durga who incarnated to annihilate the evil forces and protect the virtuous. Month after month, Durga Ashtami falls on the eighth day of Shukla Paksha (bright half of lunar month). Monthly Durgashtami is called as Masik Durgashtami, while the Maha Durgashtami falls on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami during the Navratri or Dussehra festival.
What is done during Masik Durgashtami
The elaborate rituals and pujas connected to Durgashtami are done once a year during the Maha Durgashtami. On Masik Durgashtami, people observe a simpler form of vrat and puja.
The puja for Masik Durgashtami consists of offering sixteen types of offerings, special dishes and arati to Ma Durga.
In the evening, people visit temples to worship Ma Durga and light lamps with ghee in the inverted peels of lemon fruit.
Some devotees observe a day long fast on the day of Masik Durgashtami.
Mantras to chant on Masik Durgashtami
“Sarva Mangala Mangalye Sive Sarvartha Sadhike
Saranya Trayambike Gauri Narayani Namostute”
“Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samsthitha
Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namasthasyai Namo Namah”
Benefits of Masik Durgashtami Puja and Vrat
Some devotees observe Durgashtami puja and vrat month after month. The benefits of the Masik Durgashtami puja and vrat include the following.
Removes the negative karmas accumulated from the past lives
Prevents miscarriages and promotes healthy child birth
Enhances understanding, care and harmony in families and creates a wonderful environment to live
Protects from all kinds of fears, dangers and diseases and blesses the household with prosperity and wealth
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