Hindus throughout the country are observing Maha Astami festival today by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
On the eighth day of the ten-day long Bada Dasain festival today, 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 and elsewhere from early morning today for offering worships and sacrificing goats and ducks. Special Durgapuja worship and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars.
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.