Hindu devotees will celebrate Moha Ashtami at Puja Mandaps across the country on Sunday (Oct 6) as part of the five-day Durga Puja. The main attraction of Moha Ashtami is Kumari Puja where a pre-pubescent girl is worshipped as “Mother Goddess”.
Thousands of Hindu devotees will throng puja mandaps throughout the country to celebrate Kumari Puja. The celebrations mark the triumph of good over evil.
The worshipped girl symbolises the power that regulates creation, stability and destruction on earth.
The goddess is bathed symbolically and dressed for the final battle.
In old days, a buffalo was offered as sacrifice to the goddess. These days, bananas, pumpkins and cucumbers replaced the animal.
Meanwhile, Hindu devotees celebrated the Moha Saptami on Saturday, second day of the five-day Durga Puja.
Draped in new dresses, a large number of devotees irrespective of ages thronged Puja mMndaps across the country and offered prayers before the Goddess Durga, seeking divine blessings for peace, prosperity and welfare of the country and its people.