Shardiya Navratri’s Durga Ashtami is on Sunday, October 22 this year. Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga and Ravi Yoga are formed on Durga Ashtami. On this day, Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga starts at 6:26 AM and ends at 6:44 PM. The auspicious work done during this period is considered as fulfilling wishes. On Mahashtami, Goddess Mahagauri is worshiped. She is the eighth avatar of Goddess Durga.
Here are four things you can do on Durga Ashtami according to Varanasi astrologer Chakrapani Bhatt. These four things will bring wealth, happiness, prosperity and success to the devotees.
Those who follow to observe fasting on the first and last day of Navratri can continue to observe fasting on Durga Ashtami as it is considered important. According to folklore, when Goddess Parvati performed rigorous penance to please Lord Shiva, her body had turned black and weak for thousands of years. Lord Shiva then gave her Mahagaur Varna.
Perform Kanya Puja
Although you can perform Kanya Puja on any day of Navratri, it is considered auspicious if performed on the eighth day. In this ritual you worship girls between the ages of 2 and 10. Their numbers can range from 1 to 9. This ritual is done because girls are considered the symbol of Goddess Durga. The girls should be given gifts as Dakshina after the ritual.
On the day of Durga Ashtami, you can perform Navratri Havan at your home. According to astrologer Chakrapani Bhatt, the havan purifies your home and removes negative energy. Besides, you will also please Navadurga and receive blessings from Goddess Durga.
Visit Durga Pandal
Attend the evening aarti of Mahashtami at Durga Pandal, near your home, to seek blessings from Goddess Durga. Also, when a married woman visits her in-laws or maternal home, betel leaves, betel nut, Akshat, turmeric and durva, among others, should be placed on her lap.