“Durga Puja” is undoubtedly the biggest festival of the Bengali community, which is about to occur on 11th October this 2021. Even after the breakdown of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic last year, people were still in merriment, considering the safety and precaution. The fanfare of the Durga puja festival is so immersive that nothing can hold the puja euphoria. It’s better to say, Durga puja is the emotion of souls.
Durga Puja & Its Celebration:
Durga puja or Navratri– the festivity of praising Goddess Durga for her victory over demon Mahisasura starts on the 6th day after Mahalaya, called Maha Sasthi. The celebration ends on Maha Dashami or Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day of the festivity.
However, Maha Ashtami, the 8th day of Durga puja, is indeed very significant as this day endures 2-major and remarkable traditions- “Maha Pushpanjali” and “Kumari Puja.”
Concept & Tradition Of Kumari Puja:
During the Maha Ashtami Puja, the Goddess Durga idol is worshiped with 108 lotuses and light up 108 lamps (Diya) and offered Maha Bhog (offering). Girls under 10years are glorified on the very same day, and the famous tradition is known as Kumari Puja.
The concept is, little girls are acknowledged as Devi Durga’s manifestation, thus worshiping them is highly propitious for humankind.
Participate in the Maha Ashtami Puja and acquire virtue and blessings from the goddess Durga.
Feature Image Credit: Pinterest.