Kathmandu, October 2: Â Hindus throughout the country are observing the eighth day of the ten-day long Bada Dasain festival as the “Maha astami” festival today by worshiping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
On this day, people offer special worships to the goddesses Mhakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. This day of the Dasain festival is considered a special day when Goddess Durga attained power.
On the occasion, people perform religious rituals at the Dashain Ghars and armouries and offer worship to goddess at various shrines by offering sacrifices of different animals. The people also read the Durga Saptashati scriptures.
Devotees throng the various goddess shrines in the Kathmandu Valley from early morning today for offering worships and sacrificing goats and ducks.
Similarly, people throng the various goddess temples throughout the country today to offer worships, sacrificing goats and roosters.
Special Durgapuja worship and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasahainghars. People also worship the weapons and vehicles as well as machines.
People who do not sacrifice animals offer sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.
Also on this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar at Hanumandhoka in the capital.