President, VP, PM Modi greet citizens on Durga Puja

President, VP, PM Modi greet citizens on Durga Puja

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted citizens on Durga Puja. In a message, Mr Kovind said, respect for women which has been Indian tradition is powerfully depicted in this festival. He urged everyone to  take a firm resolve on this occasion to respect and empower the womenfolk, Matru-shakti.

Mr Kovind said, it is believed that Goddess Durga used the collective power of all Gods to overcome the invincible evil. He said it gives people the message that in these difficult times, any crisis confronting us  can be overcome if we stand united.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted people on the occasion of Durga Puja. In a tweet Mr Naidu hoped that Goddess Durga will bless people with her choicest blessings. He called upon people to resolve to eradicate the evils existing in society as it is the celebration of the victory of good over evil and together make the surroundings safe, healthy, liveable and prosperous.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted people on the occasion of Maha Ashtami. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he prays that Maa Durga continues to bless us all with happiness, good health and prosperity.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday extended greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Maha Ashtami and Maha Navami in Sharadiya Navratris. He said the festival was known for celebrating women power and respect for girls.

The Chief Minister said goddess 'Adi Shakti' had several infinite forms and primarily existed in nine forms as goddess Navdurga, showering her compassion on the whole universe. On the occasion of Navratri, these nine forms of the Goddess are worshiped with full devotion, he said.

The nine-day long festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Each day, the nine forms of the Goddess are worshipped.

Durga Ashtami is considered to be one of the most important days of Navratri. It begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. On this day, all the nine forms of the goddess and young girls are worshipped on this day. 

Young girls are invited home and offered an auspicious meal on this day as a part of the puja. The prayer ritual is called Kanjak puja.

Durga Ashtami is considered to be one of the most important days of Navratri. It begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. On this day, all the nine forms of the goddess and young girls are worshipped on this day. 

On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees across the country worship Goddess Mahagauri, the eighth avatar or form of Goddess Durga.

This year, COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the festivities as there is a huge decrease in the number of devotees arriving at the temple for offering prayers. Meanwhile, temple authorities are adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
 

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