06 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Mahashtami is considered very auspicious as Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Mahagauri appears in many forms, such as Durga, Parvati, Kali and others. She is auspicious, brilliant and protects the good people while punishing those who perform evil deeds.
Mother Gauri enlightens the spiritual seeker and removes the fear of rebirth by granting salvation. She has the power to fulfil all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life.
This day is also known for 'Astra Puja' (worshipping weapons) as on this day the weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped.
Devotees thronged puja pandals across the city to offer obeisance to Goddess Durga as part of the auspicious Mahastami day, the second of the four-day-long festival. The whole city virtually turned into a walk-in-art gallery as colourfully illuminated pandals, housing idols of the Goddess invoked the spirit of merriment.
Though Navratri entail ten days of fast, feast and worship, the last four days (Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami) are celebrated with grandeur and devotion. Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.