NEW DELHI: In the 10-day long Durga Puja festival, Durga Ashtami is celebrated on the 8th day of Durga Puja or Navratri. It is one of the most auspicious days. The day begins with pushpanjali and aarti in Durga Puja pandals. In many households, Ashtami is celebrated with much fervour. There are many who do Kumari Puja. However, the day’s highlight is the sandhi puja, which is done when the Ashtami tithi ends. It is believed that during this time, Devi Chamunda (an avatar of Goddess Durga) appears to slay demons — Chanda and Munda.
On the occasion of Durga ashtami, several leaders, politicians and celebrities extended wishes to the people.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on this special occasion of Durga ashtami.
World over, Durga Puja festivities are taking place with full vigour. Greetings to everyone on this special occasion. Maa Durga epitomises strength, courage and compassion. We seek her blessings for the well-being of our society.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2019
Former President of India and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee took to Twitter to extend his best wishes to the people.
My greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of #MahaAshtami. May Ma Durga guide you on the right path & help in all your endeavours.
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) October 6, 2019
Singer Daler Mehndi said, “Navratri Concludes today with Ashtami Pooja. What a day to take blessings from the almighty.”
Navratri Concludes today with Ashtami Pooja
What a day to take blessings from the almighty.
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— Daler Mehndi (@dalermehndi) October 6, 2019
Actress Tamannaah Bhatia too wished everyone.
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) October 6, 2019
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said, “May the blessings of #MaaDurga bring peace, prosperity & happiness in every body’s life.”
Greetings & best wishes on the auspicious occasion of #DurgaAshtami. May the blessings of #MaaDurga bring peace, prosperity & happiness in every body's life. #Navratri gives the message of respecting women in society. Let us resolve to stop female foeticide n educate girl child. pic.twitter.com/dtsrCpX2f5
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) October 6, 2019
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on this occasion said, “May the blessings of #MaaDurga bring joy, peace in our society.”
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 6, 2019
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi too tweeted Happy Ashtami greetings to everyone.
Listen in and share. Happy Ashtami. pic.twitter.com/ugc9Djraip
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) October 6, 2019
Apart from these leaders, many other political leaders, including Prakash Javadekar, Vasundhara Raje, Dr Raman Singh and Naveen Jindal also extended greetings to the people.