Navratra 2023: Kanya Pujan Muhurat of Sharadiya Navaratri, Ashtami, and Navami hold a special place of importance. On the eighth day of Navaratri, Mahashtami is celebrated, dedicated to Goddess Durga’s eighth form, Mahagauri, renowned as the deity of wealth, prosperity, and abundance.
According to scriptures, the last two days of Navaratri are considered significant. Ashtami commemorates the defeat of Chanda-Munda by Goddess Durga, while on Navami, she vanquished the demon Mahishasura, safeguarding her devotees and the entire world. It is believed that if one couldn’t observe the full nine-day fast and worship during Navaratri, observing fasts and worshipping the Goddess on Ashtami and Navami can still yield the blessings of the entire nine-day celebration.
Navratra 2023: The Significance of Ashtami and Navami Dates
Renowned astrologer Sunil Chaupda shares that on Mahashtami, devotees place nine earthen pots representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga and perform special rituals. The eighth day of Sharadiya Navaratri is auspicious, with the exact timing being from 9:53 p.m. on October 21st to 7:58 p.m. on October 22nd, as per the Sanatan Dharma tradition. Hence, Ashtami is celebrated on the 22nd of October.
During the Ashtami date of Sharadiya Navaratri, a highly auspicious yoga, the Sarvarthsiddhi Yoga, along with Ravi Yoga, is formed. The Sarvarthsiddhi Yoga extends from 6:26 AM to 6:44 PM. Worshiping the primal Goddess during this time is believed to bring success in all endeavors. In addition to this, on the eighth day of Sharadiya Navaratri, a rare Bhadravas Yoga is also forming. Honoring the Goddess during these auspicious yogas is believed to lead to boundless blessings.
Kanya Pujan Muhurat on Sharadiya Navaratri
Kanya Pujan, the ritual of worshipping young girls, is an integral part of Navaratri celebrations. Some perform Kanya Pujan on Durga Ashtami, while others choose Mahanavami. Durga Ashtami falls on the 22nd of October, and during this day, the Sarvarthsiddhi Yoga is active from 6:26 AM to 6:44 PM. Therefore, you can perform Kanya Pujan on the morning of October 22nd.
Mahanavami, on the other hand, is observed on the 23rd of October. During this day, Sarvarthsiddhi Yoga occurs from 6:27 AM to 5:14 PM, and Ravi Yoga prevails throughout the day. As a result, you have the flexibility to conduct Kanya Pujan on the morning of October 23rd or at any convenient time throughout the day.