Durva Ashtami 2023

Durva Ashtami 2023, Durva Ashtami 2023 Date

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Hindus place a great deal of religious significance on Durva Ashtami. It is exceedingly precious to Sri  Ganesha, and puja is not complete without presenting it. The sole purpose of Durva Ashtami is to worship Durva grass. One of the most sacred and significant herbs utilized in Hindu ceremonies is thought to be this grass. On Ashtami Tithi, the eighth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada, this event is celebrated. It is thought that by participating in this rite, 10 ancestors' blessings and immortality are guaranteed.

Durva Ashtami 2023: Significance

On the day of Durva Ashtami, followers fast and offer prayers to the holy Durva grass, according to Hindu scriptures. On this auspicious day, prayers are said to bring peace and prosperity to those who give them to Durva grass. The Durva Ashtami festival is mostly observed in West Bengal and the country's eastern regions. In Bengal, this fast is recognized as 'Durvashtami Brata'. On this day, devotees practice fasting. On this day, Sri Ganesha is also adored.

A few drops of the "Amrit," which the Asuras and Devas were carrying, dropped into the Durva Grass following Samudra Manthan. Since then, it has gained immortality, auspiciousness and good fortune. On Durva Ashtami, those who worship Durva Grass with devotion see all of their wishes come true. On Durva Ashtami, it is said that individuals who solely eat raw foods are cleansed of all sins. Sri Krishna taught the value of Durva Grass to King Yudhisthira. A man who conducts the Durva Ashtami Puja on a regular basis will be endowed with the ability to pass along his heritage to next generations.

When Sita was imprisoned in Ashoka Vatika, it is believed that she put a blade of Durva between herself and Ravana. Ravana had been told not to cross the grass put up by her.

Durva Ashtami 2023: Story

Hinduism accords Durva a significant deal of sacred significance. Given that it is presented to Lord Ganesha, it is always regarded as pious and sacred grass. Because Lord Ganesha loves Durva Grass dearly, one must present Durva to Lord Ganppati when they worship him. Durva emerged from Lord Vishnu’s hair from his hand and thighs while he supported mount Mandara during the Samudra Manthan and he was in the form of Kurma Avtar, according to the Bhavishya Purana. A few hairs are said to have fallen into the water and eventually turned into Durva Grass.

Legend/The story of Durva Grass

The Atharvana Veda and the Rig Veda both make reference to Durva. As per Bhavishya Purana Durva emerged from Lord Vishnu’s hair on his hand and thighs while he supported mount Mandara during the Samudra Manthan as a Turtle. As per Vamana Purana, Durva emerged from the tail of Vasuki, the serpent that was used to churn the ocean during Samudra Manthana.

According to Hindu scriptures, there once existed a demon by the name of Analasura who began wreaking devastation both in the heavens and on earth. He used to set everything on fire by letting out the fire from his eyes. All of the gods came to Sri Ganesha to ask for assistance. After hearing everything, Ganesha became enraged and went to slay Analasura. In the midst of the conflict with Ananalsura, Sri Ganpati appeared in his Viraat form and ate the monster. After then, the heat began to make Sri Ganesha nervous. Moon God came for assistance after spotting Ganesha in this posture and stood on his head to reduce the temperature. That is how he came to be known as Bhalchandra. Sri Vishnu offered the lotus, Varuna god, the Rain God sprinkled abundance of water, yet the heat would not abate. Shiva god, fastened the cobra around his abdomen.

A tiny bunch of twenty-one durvas was brought by 88,000 sages. Each of them placed the bunch of 21 durvas on Ganesha's head and magically the heat dissipated. Lord Ganesha was cured of his stomach ailment. After cooling off, Sri Ganesha said that whosoever offered him Durva with devotion would be granted pleasure, good karma, good health, and wealth. Thus Lord Ganesha is worshipped with 21 Durva Grass on Ganesha Chaturthi day.

Durva Ashtami 2023: Rituals

Ganesha Utsav is now taking place, thus it would be quite fortunate and gratifying to worship Ganesha and give Durva grass during these days. Devotees are required to get up early, take a bath, and put on fresh clothing. Women do special rituals and puja in honor of Durva Grass on this day. Flowers, fruits, grains, incense sticks, and curd are used to worship the lucky Durva Grass. On this day, women practice fasting. They offer adoration to Lords Ganesha and Shiva and carry out pujas for the health and prosperity of their offspring. Their marital life will become peaceful and harmonious by this fast. Giving food and clothing to Brahmins is very lucky.

Durva Ashtami 2023 Puja Timings 

Purva Viddha Time - 01:35 PM to 06:18 PM
Duration - 04 Hours 44 Mins

Ashtami Tithi Begins - 01:35 PM on Sep 22, 2023
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 12:17 PM on Sep 23, 2023

Durva Ashtami 2023 Date and Time

Durva Ashtami 2023 Date - Friday, September 22, 2023

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