2022 Masik Durga Ashtami
Durga Ashtami also known as Shukla Ashtami is a festival dedicated to Goddess Durga. She is The fierce form of Shakti, the consort of Lord Shiva. It falls on the eighth day of the waxing moon every month and comes 12 times a year. READ MORE
Masik Durgashtami Dates 2022Current Location : Delhi, India
Latitude/Longitude : 28:39N, 77:13E
It is believed that Maa Durga manifests her powers during the transition period of Ashtami and Navami. Hence a special type of worship is performed on this day which is known as the evening worship of Chamunda.
The most important one is Durga Ashtami celebrated as part of Navratri which is also known as Durga Pooja. Devotees fast and worship Goddess Durga to remove their sins and obstacles in life and bless them with success in all endevours. Goddess Durga is known to punish the evil, and blesses those who do good deeds. Durga Ashtami comes every month hence called Masik. If you wish with a true spirit, on this day observing fast in accordance with proper rites, one can achieve what they desire and their wishes will be fulfilled. If one is suffering from lack of wealth, financial problems, ill-health, fear from enemies, this day is highly beneficial to fast for such problems.
Process to observe fast
Rising early, have a bath and wear clean clothes. Offer water to the Sun God as this is always practiced for any fast. Clean the place. Cleanliness is liked by the Goddess. Sprinkle Ganga jal / water in all parts of the house including the place of worship. On a wooden stool for God, spread a red color cloth and install the Durga deity. Give the deity a Ganga water bath. Offer rice, Sindoor, and red flowers (Rose etc) . The idol of the mother should be equipped with good clothes; the idol should be equipped with all the traditional weapons like the umbrella on her head should have a silver or gold umbrella. The red color is liked by the Goddess so you can have decorations in red.
Recite the Durga chalisa and the Durga Saptashati as well. Once you have finished the pooja, do the aarti
Om Sarvabhuteshu Shaktirupena Sanstha.
Namastasya Namastasya Namastasai Namo Namah ||
On this day there is also a law of Annakoot Puja is done which is also called “girl worship”. Some people worship the girl on the day of Navami, but it is best to worship the girl on the day of Ashtami. In this worship, food is given to 9 girls, if 9 girls are not found, then even two can be worshipped. Dakshina should be given to the girls after having food. Thus Mahamaya Bhagwati fulfills our desires with pleasure.
Offerings made to Goddess Durga on this day
• Flowers – preferably red
• Raw rice
• Bilva leaves
• Wine by practices of tantra
• 16 Shringar items offered it considered very auspicious (Once the pooja is over these items can be donated to a married lady.)
Devotees observe fast the entire night and break the fast the next morning performing Durga pooja.
Vrat Katha – Story of the fast observed - Monthly Durga Ashtami Vrat Story :
According to legend, there was a demon Mahishasura. This cruel demon had tortured the three worlds. Everyone was very troubled due to his actions and terror. All the gods left heaven and went to Kailash. No deity was able to put an end to this demon. Because he held a boon from Brahma that no God would be able to kill him. In such a situation, to find a solution to this problem, all the deities came to Lord Shiva to beg and asked him to solve it.
To kill the inaccessible demon, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva combined their powers and thus Durga Maa was born. This date was the Ashtami date of Shukla Paksha. The most powerful weapon was given to Maa Durga. Maa Durga declared war with him. Since then Durga Ashtami originated. Since then there is a law to worship DurgAshtami.
Reasons for observing the fast
The reason for worshiping Goddess Shakti is her compassion, kindness, affection on any devotee. She can never see her devotee incapable or unhappy in any way. His blessings are also received in such a way that the seeker does not need any other's help.
Goddess Durga can be worshiped at any time for happiness, because in the scriptures there is no requirement of any Muhurta for Chandi Havan.
Special Durga Ashtami Pooja
This worship has special significance in Navratri. The fruits of the fast are this time are received almost immediately. Due to this fruit, it is also called Kamdudha Kaal. The Panchang consists of Patala, Method, Kavach, Sahasranama and the source.
The body of the plate, the head of the system, the eye of the armor, the mouth of the Sahasranama and the source is called the tongue.
Sahasranama lists a thousand names of the goddess. It has their properties and names are given. The fruit of reciting Sahasranama is also important. We have to perform a Havan with these names. Under this, Swaha is applied by putting Namah after the name.
According to the material of the havan, that fruit is obtained. The benefit of worshiping with these names is very effective for welfare and wish fulfillment.
This is known as Sahastrachan. For Sahastrachan, the Sahastra name of the Goddess are there.
By uttering each name of this name, the idol of the goddess, on her picture, or by invoking the blessings on a betel nut, after chanting each name, we should also offer something dear to the goddess.
The object of the worship should be pure, pure, without defects and 1000 names can be chanted. Theuse of flowers, charoli, kismis, coin etc. is auspicious and dear to the goddess. If more than one person performs the prayer at the same time, the name should be pronounced by one person and the other person should chant Namah. The material of the prayer should be offered to each person after each name. Flowers, incense, lamp and naivedya should be applied before the archana. The lamp should be in such a way that it remains lit till the entire Archana process.
The performer should perform the prayer in silence by wearing washed clothes after being purified from bathing etc. During this sadhana period, one should sit on the seat and should not get up before it is completed. The material used for the use of this should be given to any instrument, Brahmin, temple after the ritual.
Archana can also be done with kumkum. In this, after Namah, very little kumkum should be offered to the goddess with a pinch using the ring finger, middle finger and thumb. Later that kumkum can be given to the devotees and friends as prasad for tilak. Sahastrachan should be done at least once in Navratri period. In this archana, the worship of your adorable goddess is more beneficial. Archana is very effective, it if done with full faith and belief.