The Hindu community of the country will celebrate Mahanavami, the fourth day of Sharodiya Durga Puja, today across the country.
Navami is considered as highly auspicious. It also marks the final day of Durga’s fight with the Mahishasura, the buffalo demon who was terrorising the universe, as she defeated him on the day of Bijoya Dashami.Rituals to bid farewell to the Goddess will be observed on the day as she will prepare to leave her maternal home for heaven. The custom will consist of a holy bath, followed by a special prayer of the deity.
Mahanavami will begin with offering pushpanjali and arati to the goddess. Even though people will celebrate the day with enthusiasm an underlying sadness will also remain as it will mark the end of the five-day-long festival.
Earlier, the Mahashtami was celebrated on Saturday. The auspicious ‘Sandhi Puja’ was performed at the confluence of Mahashtami and Mahanavami in a serene and festive mood. Unlike other years, ‘Kumari Puja’ was not held and special foods were not distributed on the day of Ashtami in the capital to avoid big gatherings and maintain health guidelines amid the coronavirus outbreak.
However, during the arati, 108 earthen lamps were customarily lit to appease the goddess and seek her blessings.