Durga Devi is the 8th day Alankaram in Vijayawada Dasara Navaratri 2018, 17 October – Maha Ashtami. During Dasara Sharan Navaratri of Kanakadurga Temple, each day one of the forms of Goddess Durga is worshipped.
On eighth day this year, Kanakadurga Mata is decorated in the form of Sri Durga Devi and worshipped. This Ashtami Navratri falls on Ashwayuja Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi.
During Sharad Navaratri celebrations on the day with ashtami tithi the Goddess appears as Durga Devi in Her grand divine form warding off misfortunes. The Puranas declare that Mother killed a Demon by name Durgamasura in this manifestation, which is the first form in the great five natural forms. She graces man entangled in earthly worldly bonds and leads him towards salvation.
Worshipping Mother Durga, radiating brilliant glory in million manners, removes problems caused by enemies and gives victory. By chanting Mother’s name tribulations due to the bad planetary positions are avoided. She graces Her worshippers and fulfils their wishes. Red coloured clothes, red rice grains and red flowers are to be used for Her worship. Durga suktam should be recited.
The mantra “OM duM durgaayai namaha” should be chanted. Rice cooked with green gram and mixed vegetables should be offered. Durga and Lalitha ashtotra must be read.
Panchangam, Durga Puja – 17 October 2018
विरोधिकृत नाम संवत्सर, आश्विन मॉस (ख्वार मॉस), शुक्ल पक्ष, अष्टमी, उत्तराषाढ़ा नक्षत्र, सुकर्मां योग, बालव करण |
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:28 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:56
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:28 Chandrastama (Moonset)24:40
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 12:49
Nakshatra Uttara Ashadha – 21:29
Yoga Sukarman – 08:47
Karana Balava – 26:09*
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Vilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Virodhikruthi
Rahu Kalam: 12:12 – 13:38
Gulika Kalam: 10:46 – 12:12
Yama Gandam: 07:54 – 09:20
North Indian Hindi Calendar – Ashwin Mahina (Kwar Maas)
Malayalam Calendar – Kanni Month (Kanni Masam)
Kannada Calendar – Ashwin Maasa
Tamil Calendar – Purattasi Month (Purattasi Masam)
Bengali Calendar – Aashin Mash
Nepali Calendar – Ashwin Maas
Telugu Calendar – Ashwayuja Masam (Ashwayujam)
Marathi Calendar – Ashwin Maas
Gujarati Calendar – Asoj Maas
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kanya – 18:59:46
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Makara
Amrita Kalam 14:15 – 16:04
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 26:00* – 27:48*
Durmuhurthams: 11:49 – 12:35
8th Day Alankarams in Previous Years
In 2017, Goddess Durga Devi was worshipped on 8th day of Navratri – 28 September.
In 2016, Goddess Saraswati was worshipped on the 8th day. In 2015, due to Vriddhi Tithis, Goddess Saraswati was worshipped on 8th day of Navratri. In 2014, due to shuffle in tithis, Goddess Kanakadurga was worshipped in two forms – Durga Devi and Mahishasura Mardhini Devi on Durga Ashtami day.
In 2013, due to shuffle in tithis, Goddess Kanakadurga was worshipped in two forms – Durga Devi and Mahishasura Mardhini Devi on Durga Ashtami day.
Last year (2012), Goddess Durga Devi was the Ashtami day Alankaram in Vijayawada Temple. The Alankarams of Navratri puja differs from year to year depending on the Nakshatras and Temple’s Agama Shasthra.