October 04, 2011, Kathmandu Nepal – Hindus throughout Nepal and around the world are observing the eighth day of the ten-day long Navaratri and Dashain festival as the Mahastami festival today by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
On the occasion, people perform religious rituals at the special homes prepared for the Dashain Festival called 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 lined up in the various goddess shrines in the Kathmandu Valley from early morning today for offering worships and sacrificing goats and ducks.
Similarly, people in the villages outside of Kathmandu also lined up for special Pooja and sacrifice of their offerings such as Gorkha [wp_campaign_2]
Kalika, Panchkhal Bhagawati, Dakshinkali, Bindbasini Pokhara, Galewori Myagdi, Gadhimai Bara,Badimalika Bajura, Manakamana Gorkha, Chinnamasta, Dhading Bhairabi and many more temple’s of Goddess Durga. As Goddess Durga is considered of goddess of power and people who seek power and welbeing do pay their homage and offerings on this day.
As the various goddess temples throughout the country today to offer worships and 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.
Source: Books and stories as read online.