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Masik Durgashtami Vrat is observed month on month on the Ashtami Tithi (eighth day) of Shukla Paksha (bright half of the lunar month). This is a day-long fast stretches from morning till evening. The day is marked with a customary puja to Mother Durga as per the injunctions given in the sacred scriptures. This is one of the most popular kinds of vrats observed in the Hindu tradition which is believed to bestow the ultimate blessings of Mother Durga.

 

Though the Durgashtami vrat can be observed every month, the most important ones of the year falls on the day called Mahashtami or the Ashtami day occurring in the month of Ashwin. Notably, this is the time when the Shardiya Navratri festival stretching over nine days is celebrated with great fervor. Those intending to observe Masik Durgashtami usually observe the month puja in a simple way while performing an elaborate puja on the Mahashtami.

 

On the dedicated day of Durgashtami, people worship the eight manifestations of Goddess Durga with great devotion. The dishes that are specially prepared at home and offered to Mother Durga during the puja include Kheer, Halwa and others. In the Durgashtami puja tradition, there is a customary practice of worshipping a small girl child denoting the nine manifestations of Mother Durga. During the puja, the chosen girl is offered Halwa Puri and dakshina in a way propitiating Mother Durga.

 

Durga Puja is dedicated to the eighth manifestation of Mother Durga namely Maha Gauri. This is one of the most benign and pleasing forms of Durga that has especially manifested to bless the devotees and relieve them of their sufferings and problems. Accordingly, those who observe the Masik Durgashtami with diligence as per the procedures have reaped great results as assured in the scriptures that has made this fast a highly popular one.

 

In the typical puja set up, a Ghat or holy pot is established on an altar. Usually, a copper pot is advised for this though other variations like panchaloga (combination of five metals), silver or earthen pots are also allowed as per availability. The Ghat is decorated with water and spices inside and mango leaves and coconut kept on top of it with the face pointing downwards. An image of Mother Durga is installed on the coconut or the Ghat.

 

The observer of the vrat should take flowers in both the hands and offer at the idol of Mother Durga while chanting the divine names of Mother Gauri. This process installs the Shakti of Mother Durga in the Ghat set up. The puja includes divine bath and sixteen types of offerings to the idol. Panchamrit or a salad made of five items including curd, milk, honey, cow’s ghee and sugar is the most important component of this puja. Some of the typical offerings made include fruits, dry fruits and resins, betel leaves and nuts, cloves and cardamom. At the end of the puja, arti or waving of camphor is done seven times.

 

The end of the puja is marked by inviting nine small girls, washing their feet with holy water and performing puja to them with offerings. Once all this is over, the day long fast is completed invoking the blessings of Mother Durga.

You can worship Devi Durga for many purpose: (1) spiritual progress, (2) to solves the problems in your life, (3) to become fearless (4) domination over troublesome people, (5) and just to love Her for getting motherly love. You can worship goddess Durga every day, but special days are — Shukla Paksha Ashtami (8th day of Moon days) of every month, and four Navratris of the year (in which two are guptNavratris).

Every Shukla Paksha Ashtami is called Masik Durgashtami ‘coz Masik means every month. During Navratris, along with Devi Durga, other Devis (Goddesses) are also worshiped. The days of Goddesses are the days of recharging oneself with Her power and purity.

How to get blessings of Maa Durga

A child calling to its mother is enough to get her blessings; similiar thing is with Maa Durga, remember Her often, read Her Katha (story), chant her names — and meet Her each moment in your heart. For getting together with her you can buy two books: Durga Saptashati, Devi Bhagwata Purana, and other texts related to Her.

Things related to Her puja: She loves red flowers —gulab ke lal phool ( red rose), kaner ke lal phool (red oleander) and other red flowers, and of course lal chandan (red sandalwood). Along with diya and incense you can use them for everyday worship.

Katha – Origin of Maa Durga

In ancient time, there was a cruel demon called Durgam; he was too powerful, with his evil mind he tortured everyone in the three lokas (Prathvi, Swarg, and Patal), people were suffering everywhere, Devtas could not kill him nor punish him.

Finally all the Devtas and Gods met to find a way, they shared part of their energy— and with their combined energy Devi Durga manifested. She was also known as Durg Seni. She killed that demon, Durgam and all his company. Since that time, She is worshipped, and She is here to help all of us.

Her names to chant everyday

These names are blessed by Maa Durga Herself; and chanting them may bring unexplained advantage to anybody’s life.

(1) Durga, (2) Durgatirshamini, (3) Durgapadnivarini, (4) Durgmachhedeni, (5) Durgsadhini, (6) Durgnashini, (7) Durgtodharini, (8) Durgnihintri, (9) Durgmapaha, (10) Durgmagyanda, (11) Durgdityalokdavanla, (12) Durgma, (13) Durgmaloka, (14) Durgmatswarupini, (15) Durgmargprada, (16) Durgamvidya, (17) Durgmashrita, (18) Durgmgyansansthana, (19) Durgmdhyanbhasini, (20) Durgmoha, (21) Durgmaga, (22) Durgmarthswarupini, (23) Durgmasursanhantri, (24) Durgmayudhdharini, (25) Durgmangi, (26) Durgmata, (27) Durgmya, (28) Durgmeshwari, (29) Durgbhima, (30) Durgbhama, (31) Durgbha, (32) Durgdarini

You can worship Devi Durga for many purpose: (1) spiritual progress, (2) to solves the problems in your life, (3) to become fearless (4) domination over troublesome people, (5) and just to love Her for getting motherly love. You can worship goddess Durga every day, but special days are — Shukla Paksha Ashtami (8th day of Moon days) of every month, and four Navratris of the year (in which two are guptNavratris).

Every Shukla Paksha Ashtami is called Masik Durgashtami ‘coz Masik means every month. During Navratris, along with Devi Durga, other Devis (Goddesses) are also worshiped. The days of Goddesses are the days of recharging oneself with Her power and purity.

How to get blessings of Maa Durga

A child calling to its mother is enough to get her blessings; similiar thing is with Maa Durga, remember Her often, read Her Katha (story), chant her names — and meet Her each moment in your heart. For getting together with her you can buy two books: Durga Saptashati, Devi Bhagwata Purana, and other texts related to Her.

Things related to Her puja: She loves red flowers —gulab ke lal phool ( red rose), kaner ke lal phool (red oleander) and other red flowers, and of course lal chandan (red sandalwood). Along with diya and incense you can use them for everyday worship.

Katha – Origin of Maa Durga

In ancient time, there was a cruel demon called Durgam; he was too powerful, with his evil mind he tortured everyone in the three lokas (Prathvi, Swarg, and Patal), people were suffering everywhere, Devtas could not kill him nor punish him.

Finally all the Devtas and Gods met to find a way, they shared part of their energy— and with their combined energy Devi Durga manifested. She was also known as Durg Seni. She killed that demon, Durgam and all his company. Since that time, She is worshipped, and She is here to help all of us.

Her names to chant everyday

These names are blessed by Maa Durga Herself; and chanting them may bring unexplained advantage to anybody’s life.

(1) Durga, (2) Durgatirshamini, (3) Durgapadnivarini, (4) Durgmachhedeni, (5) Durgsadhini, (6) Durgnashini, (7) Durgtodharini, (8) Durgnihintri, (9) Durgmapaha, (10) Durgmagyanda, (11) Durgdityalokdavanla, (12) Durgma, (13) Durgmaloka, (14) Durgmatswarupini, (15) Durgmargprada, (16) Durgamvidya, (17) Durgmashrita, (18) Durgmgyansansthana, (19) Durgmdhyanbhasini, (20) Durgmoha, (21) Durgmaga, (22) Durgmarthswarupini, (23) Durgmasursanhantri, (24) Durgmayudhdharini, (25) Durgmangi, (26) Durgmata, (27) Durgmya, (28) Durgmeshwari, (29) Durgbhima, (30) Durgbhama, (31) Durgbha, (32) Durgdarini

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