Durva Ashtami
 

About 2015 Durva Ashtami

Durva Ashtami Vrat 
21st September 2015 (Monday)
 
Durva Ashtami Pooja Timings 
Ashtami Tithi begins on 21st September 2015 at 02:23 and ends on 22nd September 2015 at 02:22.

 

Durva Ashtami- The Sacred Grass

Durva ashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September), according to the Hindu calendar. The day is dedicated to the worshipping of a special kind of grass which is used in Hindu rituals. People observe a fast on this day and is especially celebrated in West Bengal where the day is known as Durvashtami Brata. Some parts of Northern and Eastern India also enjoy the festival.

Legend

The legend of how Durva grass It has many medicinal values and people who perform the rituals associated with the day, are benefitted by its positive effects on skin disorders, high sugar level, obesity, insomnia, fatigue, anemia and digestion. Hence it symbolizes purity of body. One can also purify his house by sprinkling water in all the corners using durva grass. According to some beliefs, the tip of the grass represents Shiva, the middle represents Vishnu and the roots represent Brahma. Thus it as pure as the holy trinitycame into existence was told to Yudhisthira by KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
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. According to the legend, when Gods were trying to attain the elixir of immortality, VishnuVishnuVishnu
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helped them to start the process of Samudra Manthan.  While doing so, he got a scar on his thigh because of which few of his hair fell into the water of the ocean. As the waves kept flowing, his hair reached towards the coast. As soon as the hair touched the ground, it held on to the surface and spread its roots deep into the soil. Also, while the Gods and the demons were fighting for the elixir of life which came out as an outcome of Samudra Manthan, few drops of the elixir fell on the grass, thus making it eternal and auspicious.

The gods, along with their wives, worshipped Durva grass by chanting the following mantra-

“Tvam Durvemritjanamasi Vandita Ch Surasure, Saubhagya Santanti Kartavya Sarv Karyakari Bhav, Yasha Shakhaprashakhabhivritistratasi Mahitale, tatha Mamap Santaan Dyehi Tavmjdomare”.

He also explained the importance by stating that if a women get up before sunrise, take a bath, wear a clean pair of clothes, observe the fast and feed Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scriptureson this day, then she will be blessed by a son and abundance of wealth. She will also be blessed by a place in heaven, along with her husband, after their death. 

According to another legend, Durva grass was a part of Sita’s hair. When she was abducted by Ravana, she used her hair to draw a line of security between herself and him. She warned him not to cross the border as it will result in his death. This prevented Ravana from crossing the line and harming the sanctity of Sita.

When SitaSitaSita
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was rescued, she was asked to give a test and prove her sanctity and faithfulness to Rama. Though she succeeded in her test, she was thoroughly hurt. As she was born out of the earth, she asked the BhumiBhumiBhumi
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Devi to open up and let her rest in her arms. It is believed that when she was entering the earth, RamaRamaRama
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tried to hold on to her but he could only catch some of her hair strands. This in turn became the sharp blades of durva grass which even made cuts on Rama’s finger.

Symbol

Durva grass is a symbol of survival as it can sustain itself even in the toughest climatic conditions. If a blade of grass is plucked, it sprouts back thus also representing its regenerating and renewing qualities. It is a symbol of prosperity, thus it should be worshipped with dedication and purity.

In ancient times, these sharp blades were also converted and used as weapons by many sages, against the demons. A wicked king named Vena He was initially a great king, who became evil and corrupt with time. He was killed by a group of sages who after his death, rubbed his thigh to take out all the evil from his bodywas also killed by a sage, using the same technique.

Ritual

Though usually gods are offered prayers while placing durva grass in the worshipping arena, on this day, durva grass is offered a special Puja. It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are dead It is worshipped using flowers, incense sticks, coconut and curd. Devotees worship ParvatiParvatiParvati
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and GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
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with durva grass and offer fresh fruits to ShivaShivaShiva
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. As Durva grass is a symbol of rebirth and prosperity, it should only be offered to householder gods and not to a hermit like Shiva. While completing the fast, women should consume only raw food items.

Significance

Women observe this fast for the long life of their children. Those men who observe the fast always attain the chance to father a son and keep their legacy moving forward. His family’s name never comes to an end.

 


 



 

 
 
 

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