The numerous hues of festivity pervading Durga Ashtami

The eighth day of Navratri, Durga Ashtami is celebrated with fervour across the country.

By: Bhuvan Gupta

Believed to be the day when Goddess Kali annihilated Mahishasura’s demon associates, Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija, Durga Ashtami is one of the most fervently celebrated festivals in India. Eight consorts of Goddess Shakti, namely Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani and Chamunda are worshipped.

People are expressing their joy in different ways, engaging in a variety of activities.

In a unique act of empowerment, India table tennis player Mouma Das gifted sports equipment to the Kumari (little goddess) at a Pujo event in Baghbazar, Kolkata.

A Gujarati architect showcased the beautiful intersection of patriotism and culture, with a video of 40 thousand people signing the national anthem unison at Vadodara, before doing Garba.

Noted journalist Barkha Dutt presented a counter-view, questioning the state of women’s agency in 2018 in the backdrop of the violence at Sabarimala.

The traditional poori-chana and halwa ruled the roost in households, as is the norm on every Durga Ashtami. People invited girls (called ‘kanjaks’) to their homes, welcomed them by washing their feet, and served up the festive treats to them.

Poori-chana and halwa, the three best things about Durga Ashtami puja (Courtesy: Twitter/@RURALINDIA)


















Puja pandals bore a resplendent look, with the number of devotees thronging them, increasing every day. The number is set to increase further tonight and hit a crescendo on Vijay Dashmi; the day when good trumps evil.