26th April: Masik Durgashtami

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Durgashtami is celebrated every year in dedication to goddess Durga. It is celebrated on the Shukla Paksha, Ashtami Tithi of every month. Durga is one of the most powerful goddess in Hindu mythology and was created by the Hindu trine, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to destroy demons.

Durga is said to be all the Hindu goddesses in one, which is why she is the epitome of energy and wrath.

History

It is said that Durga was created during the beginning of time to enforce peace. There were many demons at that time that terrorized earth, one of them was Mahishasura. Mahishasura banished the gods from heaven who went pleading to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. All of them then together created a divine power that had the weapons of the trine. Durga alone challenged all the demons in the battlefield and defeated them one by one. There was an epic battle that took place between Durga and Mahishasura, in the end Durga beheaded Mahishasura with her trident and restored peace on earth.

Celebration

There are many devotees of Durga all over India, who on this day worship her and observe a day long fast in order to get the blessings of Durga.

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Abhishek is the senior astrologer at AskGanesha. His interest list includes pharmacy and astrology. He is a qualified pharmacist and has received many awards in this field and has been Honored with Jyotish Shiromani and Jyotish Martand. Unlike others, Mr. Abhishek had keen interest in astrology since his school days. He is an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga and owes all his success to their blessings.

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