The word Durga in Sanskrit comes very near the phrase- “she who is incomprehensible and tough to reach”, primarily worshipped for her qualities of fearlessness and Generosity she is the representative of the infinite power. She is Shakti, which is nothing more than energy- energy can’t be created neither can it be destroyed, neither can it be released nor can it be captured. The very factor needed to make the universe. Maa Durga is credited for playing a significant role, in killing several demons, like Mahishasura.
Masik Durgashtami, the fast of Masik Durga is done on a month to month basis, observed on the eight dates or Asthami Tithi of the Shukla Paksha. It’s a daylong fast that stretches from dawn to dusk. The day is marked with the usual maa Durga Puja, as per the principles and rules as prescribed in the scriptures. The fast is one among the most vital fast in the Hindu religion and mainly performed to get the ultimate blessings of Maa Durga. Although the Durgashtami falls in every month, but the one that’s important is during the Navratri and is called Mahashtami. In the Navratri the nine manifestations of goddess Durga are revered. The Durgashtami puja is additionally known as the Astra puja, as it is the day that the puja or worship weapons.
Masik Durgashtami Vrath Katha:
In the earlier period, there lived a demon called Durgam, whose torture was spread beyond the realms of the globe. With worry and terror, all the Gods fled towards Kailash in order to get refuge and help of Lord Shiva. it was at this moment that the trinity (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) combined there powers and strengths together and gave rise to Maa Durga on the Shukla paksha Asthami, they bestowed her with most powerful and deadly weapons that not only helped in killing the demon, however at the same time helped in restoring peace and bliss back to the universe. She is also known as Mahishasura Mardani (the one who slayed the demon Mahishasura). As the demon Mahishasura got a boon that no species male can kill him, so goddess Durga was invoked then Durga Maa, sitting on her ferocious lion went on to kill the Demon.
Masik Durgashtami rules of fasting:
It is aforesaid that on the day of the Masik Durgashtami day puja, one shouldn’t leave the house empty at any given point of time.
During the time of fasting, the worshipper should abstain from eating or drinking anything, the whole day.
Even if one has to eat anything, it’s suggested that one should consume Milk and fruits, no Non- veg or Alcohol should be consumed on this day, at the same time the worshipper should devoid oneself of all the luxuries and sleep on floor or bed made from hay or mat.
Chant the Durga mantra the whole day especially while doing the aarti.
Masik Durgashtami Puja Procedure:
On the day of the Durgashtami, it’s considered auspicious that if the devotees offer the flowers and scents to the Idol of the goddess.
On this day at the present time the ritual of Kumari Pujan (worship of Virgin women between age to 6-12 are revered) on this day these young women are said to be the incarnation of goddess Durga.
Wakeup early on the day of the fast clean yourself, and in a secluded and sit in meditating posture and concentrate on the goddess Durga Puja and the fast and ritual that are to be followed.
Prepare a lamp and Akhand Jyoti and lit it in front of goddess Durga Idol. Making the offerings to the Idol of goddess Durga and conjointly offer the Charnamrit to the Durga Idol.
Later on offer the Prasad or the offerings to the others and finish your Vrath and in the dusk eat food that you have prepared. Make the item from wheat and jaggery, eat that and break your fast.
Benefits of the Masik Durgashtami Vrath:
One of the most important advantages of Masik Durgashtami vrath is that, it allows to get rid of all the difficulties and obstacles in life.
The devotees are given with the divine blessings of goddess Durga, She provides the devotees with protection and endows the Prosperity.
Fasting and Puja on this day brings, growth in career, prosperity in wealth and success in life.