The eighth day of Vijayadashami is called Maha Asthami. Durga Bhawani and Goddess Kali (different names and incarnations) are worshiped with very high dedication. People sacrifice animals to Goddess - Photos

The eighth day of Vijayadashami is called Maha Asthami.  Durga Bhawani and Goddess Kali (different names and incarnations) are worshiped with very high dedication. People sacrifice animals to Goddess. Some Hindu devotees observe fasting in Asthami.  The night of Astahmi is called “Kal Ratri” (the dark night). Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed on Kali’s temples and households. The sacrifice continues till dawn and even till dusk. The worship continues with feasts in most of the celebration homes. Hindus throughout the country are observing the eighth day of the Bada Dashain as the Mahashtami festival today by worshiping Goddess Durga Bhawani. On this auspicious day, people offer special worships to the goddesses Mhakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. This day of the Dasain festival is considered a special day when Goddess Durga attained power. On the occasion, people perform religious rituals at the Dashain Ghars and armouries and offer worship to goddess at various shrines by offering sacrifices of different animals specially goats. The people also read the Durga Saptashati scriptures. Devotees throng the various goddess shrines in the Kathmandu Valley from early morning today for offering worships and sacrificing goats and ducks. Similarly, people throng the various goddess temples throughout the country today to offer worships, sacrificing goats and roosters. Special Durgapuja worship and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasahainghars. People also worship the weapons and vehicles as well as machines. Photo video  Dipesh Rajtharu (DcnepalReporter)

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