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Devotees believe that praying to the goddess on this day and fasting in her honor will bring peace and prosperity to them and their families.

Goddess Durga. Representation picture. News18

Masik Durga Asthami is observed monthly on the Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha, according to the Hindu calendar. This month, the day falls on February 8, 2022.

On this day, people worship Goddess Durga and observe a fast in her honor. Devotees believe that praying to the goddess on this day and fasting in her honor will bring peace and prosperity to them and their families. People also worship the goddess to deliver them from jealousy, greed, anger and other vices. It is believed that fasting on this day will lead to the fulfillment of all wishes.

According to the Drik Panchang, Druga Asthami will start from 06:15 a.m. on February 8 and last until 08:30 a.m. until February 9.

On this day, people get up early to worship Goddess Durga and make offerings to her. People also visit temples to offer chandan, dhoop, flowers and other things to the goddess. The Durga Asthami Vrat is observed by both men and women.
People do not consume non-vegetarian foods or alcohol on this day. Many devotees eat fruits and water only during the fast, while some abstain from eating anything for the whole day.

Many people give alms and food to Brahmins. According to reports, in some parts of the country, people are barely sowing seeds. Once these seeds grow into plants about three to five inches tall, they are cut and offered to Goddess Durga.

People chant Durga Chalisa and Durga Ashtami Vrat Katha on this day to honor the Goddess.

Goddess Durga is believed to have originated on the tithi Asthami of the Shukla Paksha. It was created by the trinity of lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, to defeat the demon Mahishasura.

While Durga Asthami is observed monthly, the most important occasion falls during Shardiya Navratri celebrations in the month of Ashwin. This day is known as Maha Asthami.
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