Durga Ashtami VratDate : | Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant
Durga Ashtami And Importance Of Its Vrat
According to seasonal cycle, every vrat/fasting endows certain rituals and auspicious results. Thus, Shri Durga Ashtami is one such vrat which is extremely famous for giving many auspicious results. There are orders of Tithis in every month, in which Ashtami tithi falls twice in a month. To attain the blessings of the deities related to this tithi and desired results, Durga Ashtami is recommended as a great remedial ritual to follow. Shri Durga Ashtami Vrat is the most sanctified occasion giving coveted results in the lives of devotees. Being related to this tithi is the reason behind Durga Ashtami coming into existence. Our religious texts are full of stories and mythological narratives accentuating significance and glorification of Mata Durga and vrat. One of such tales accentuate importance of this festival as an eliminator of sufferings caused by tyrant force. Effects of this vrat associate with giving prosperity, progeny and wellbeing. Devotees get motherly care of Mata Durga, in their personal and social & political aspects of lives. Mata Durga is the controller of nature’s cycle. Because of her grace, many natural calamities are pacified. The divine form of Mata Maha Gauri is worshipped on the eight day of Navaratri
Methods For Puja
Following purity, self-restrain and celibacy is very important to observe puja on Durga Ashtami. Devotees ought to worship Mata Durga quite religiously, involving collecting all essential puja-related materials. This is because worshipping Aadi Shakti Mata Jagdamba is the giver of special results. In Uttar Parva of Bhavishya Purana, Yudhishthira once asked lord Krishna about puja, specifically about Durga Ashtami. This reveals that Durga Ashtami puja has been in practice since eons. Mata Bhagwati is famous worldwide as Aadi Shakti, who is hailed in her countless divine forms. According to religious texts, Mata Durga is worshipped by Gods, monsters, Gandharvas, Naag, Yaksha, Kinnara on Ashtami tithi to gain her divine favor and blessings. The puja eliminates suffering of any fulsome extent and ensures safety of the devotees from enemies. Therefore, one must observe vrat and puja for Durga Mata on Ashtami tithi with all devotions and sanctity.
Story Of Durga Ashtami
There are countless stories associated with Durga Ashtami in our religious texts. One of them is briefly explained here – Due to the uncontrollable tyranny unleashed by devil forces in Dev Loka by their chief, Mahishasura, then the mightiest divine form as Durga appeared, destroying the monstrous forces with her immeasurable divine power, killing Mahishasura along with his army of monsters, thus instituting peace and respite among Gods and humanity. Since then, worshipping Durga on Durga Ashtami came to be observed as a practice on Ashtami tithi, which is still in observance.