Devotees throng a temple in Kathmandu on the occasion of Maha Astami, the eighth day of 10-day Dashain festival. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: Nepali Hindus throughout the country are observing the eighth day of the ten-day-long Bada Dashain festival as the Maha Astami festival Wednesday by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
On this day, people offer special worships to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati.
This day of the Dashain festival is considered a special day when Goddess Durga attained power.
On the occasion, people perform religious rituals at the Dashain Ghars and armories and offer worship to goddesses 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 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, ducks and roosters.
Special Durgapuja worship and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dashain 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 city.