4 October 2011, Durga Ashtami during Navratri Durga Puja

Today, 4 October is Durga Ashtami. It is celebrated during eighth day of Navratri Durga Puja. Many major rituals are observed on this day. Ayudha Puja, Durga Puja, Maha Gauri Puja, Bagalamukhi Puja and Vajreshwari Devi Puja are performed by devotees as per various puja procedures.

Saraswati Puja is also observed Durga Ashtami. Kumari Puja or Kanya Puja is also performed on this day. Young girls of various ages are worshipped as Goddesses on this day.

Sandhi Puja is a major ritual on this day in Durga Puja of Bengal. Sandhi Puja is observed at the end of Maha Ashtami.

Bathukamma festival is another festival celebrated on Durga Ashtami. It is celebrated with much gusto in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

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