Maha Astami being observed today

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Hindus throughout the country are observing the eighth day of the ten-day long Bada Dasain festival as the Maha Astami festival today by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani. 
 
On this day, people offer special worships to the goddesses Mahakali, 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 Dasain 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 various goddess shrines in the Kathmandu Valley from early morning Thursday for offering worships and sacrificing goats and ducks.
 
Similarly, people throng the various goddess temples throughout the country today to offer worships, sacrificing goats, ducks and roosters. 
 
Special Durgapuja worship and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship the weapons, vehicles and 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 of Hanumandhoka in the capital. RSS

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