New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Durva Ashtami 2021 is a festival dedicated to the sacred grass called Durva. The Durva is used while performing the puja rituals, especially while worshipping Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Chaturthi. Durva's name was derived from two words, 'Duhu and 'Avam'. As per Hindu belief, it possesses the power of attracting the principles of Lord Ganesha. This auspicious day falls during Shukla Paksha Ashtami in the month of Bhadrapada. This year, the day is being observed today, September 13, 2021. On this day, women observe a day-long fast and worship for the prosperity and well being of their families. 

Durva Ashtami 2021: Date and Shubh Muhurat

Date: September 13, Monday

Ashtami Tithi Begins - 03:10 PM on September 13, Monday

Ashtami Tithi Ends - 01:09 PM on September 14, Tuesday

Durva Ashtami 2021: Significance

Durva is a sacred grass used during Hindu rituals. The name was derived from two words, 'Duhu and 'Avam'. There are three blades in the Durva, which denotes the three principles of primal Ganesha, primal Shakti and primal Shiva. As per Hindu mythology, Durva has the power to attract the principles of Lord Ganesha, and this is the reason behind the significance of offering Durva to Lord Ganesha. Observing Durga Ashtami brings harmony, peace and marital bliss.

Durva Ashtami 2021: Legend

There is a mention of Durva in the Rig Veda and Atharvana Veda. According to Bhavishya Purana, the scared grass emerged from Lord Vishnu's hair during Samundra Manthan. It happened so when Lord Vishnu was supporting the mount Mandara, few strands of his hair from his arms fell and turned into Durva. After the conclusion of the Samundra Manthan, when Devas and Asuras were carrying Amrit, few drops fell on the grass, and this is why the Durva is considered sacred.

Durva Ashtami 2021: Puja Vidhi

- Wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear clean clothes.

- Collect Durva, curd, flowers, incense stick, etc, and place it in home temple

- Offer all the above samighri to Durva and worship the sacred grass.

- After worshipping, offer the Durva to idols, especially Lord Ganesha, Shiva and Goddess Parvati

As per the Hindu belief, donating clothes and foods to Brahmins on this day brings fortune and immense wealth.

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv