Navratri is a festival that is celebrated among all Hindus across the country. In Sanskrit, the word Navratri generally means nine nights i.e. Nava as nine and ratri as night. During this all nine nights’ festival, nine types of devi/Shakti i.e. female goddess are worshipped. This festival of nine nights i.e. Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina and it comes to an end on the tenth day which is known Vijay Dashami or Dussehra when the goddess Shakti idols are immerse in the pure river.These nine nights are specifically devoted to Devi Parvathi, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Kanya Pooja is the main ritual that is required to be performed on last day of the Navratri, many people do Kanya Pooja on Ashtami and other people do it on Navmi.
Navadurga -The nine differnt forms of Goddess Durga
Durga Ashtami said to be eight day in these nine days of Navratri or Durga Puja festival. Durga Ashtami is also called as Mahashtami and is one of the vital days of Durga Pooja when large no. of people keeps fast. Weapons of Maa Durga are worshipped on Durga Ashtami and this procedure is known as Astra Puja. This day is also known as Virashtami as people show martial arts etc. In Hindu religion, specifically among Bengalis, it’s a very important day for worshipping goddess.
Ninth day of this Navratri festival is known as Maha Navmi. This is the last day of this nine day long Navratri festival and it’s concluded with Sarasvati Visarjan or Udyapan. According to Hindu beliefs, Pooja done on Maha Navmi is equal to Durga Puja done on all nine days of Navratri festival. Sidhidatri Goddess Pooja is performed on day of Maha Navmi. Usually in south India states, a different Pooja i.e. Ayudha Pooja is performed on Maha Navmi, all the books, tools, operators are worshipped on this day.