Navratri 2021: Why Poori, Halwa, & Chane Are Prepared On Maha Ashtami

The Maha Ashtami bhog is made in desi ghee and all the three dishes are healthy

The eighth day of Navratri, popularly known as Durga Ashtami and the eight avatar of Mahagauri is worshipped by devotees.
 
The ninth day or Maha Navami and Maha Ashtami tithis are celebrated across the country by offering treats and prayer to beautiful little girls or kanyas.
 
On this day, the devotees who keep fast during Navratri, breaks it by feeding little girls with the traditional bhog of Poori, Sooji Halwa and Sookhe Kale Chane.
 
As per to the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that the little girls that are worshipped on this day are the nine different incarnation of Maa Durga.
 
Nine little girls along with a young boy also called Langur are worshipped and treated with good food, this ritual is also known as Kanjak Puja or Kanya Pujan.
 
The experts nutritionists says that the bhog which is the combination of poori, halwa, and chana provides all essential nutrients to the human body that helps the digestive system to balance the mechanism after following sattvic diet for seven or eight days.
 
The Maha Ashtami bhog is made in desi ghee and all the three dishes are healthy.
 
The experts says that chana and sooji are rich in dietary fibre and therefore contribute to better blood sugar levels as well as it helps to maintain and balance cholesterol levels.
 
The Kanya Pujan begins with washing the feet of little girls that are aged between 2-10 years.
 
Then, tilak is applied and kalava is tied in their hands. Followed by the prasad of tender coconut and then Poori, Halwa and Chane.
 
At the end of Kanya Pujan, the little girls are also given gifts in the form of money, jewellery, clothes and toys.
 
And finally, the devotees touches their feet and seek their blessings, following which they breaks their fast with the leftover bhog.
 
This year, the Maha Ashtami tithi will begin on October 12 at 09.47 pm and will end on October 13 at 08.07 pm.

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