Kanya Poojan is celebrated on the eighth and ninth day of Navaratri festival. Nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga, Navadurga, are worshiped. Thus, girl-child is the symbol of the pure basic creative force according to this philosophy. Hinduism believes in the universal creative forces to be feminine gender. The very original force is Mahamaya whose inspiration created the gods and the rest of the cosmos. The inspiration is the life force of the entire creation. All the major and minor energies and forces are represented by various goddesses. Navaratra deity Durga and all her dimensions are believed to be the manifestations of the same basic inspiration Mahamaya.
Religiously speaking, Devi is essentially a worship of the great feminine. In a kanya the great feminine potential is at its peak. having developed into a girl of a certain age and a female child is considered the most auspicious, most jagrat, and the most clear minded and clear souled individual. While invoking the ParaShakti in such a form the purity of mind body and spirits is required and is fulfilled by a girl child of the said age of 8. Such a female child is indeed Devi, who in her later life takes the roles of Parvati as a wife and mother, Lakshmi as a housewife, Saraswati as the first guru of her children, Durga as the destroyer of all obstacles for her family, Annapurna as the food provider through her cooking, Kali as the punisher to bring the members of the family on the right track.
It is believed that Goddess Kali appeared on DurgaAshtami from the forehead of Mother Durga and annihilated Chanda, Munda and Rakthabija (the demons who were associate of Mahishasura). The 64 Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas are worshipped during the Durga Puja rituals on Mahashtami. The Ashta Nayikas also known as Eight Shaktis, incarnations of Shakti. They are the same powerful Divine Feminine, representing different energies! 🌷💖🌷🌸🌺🍃❤️🕉💖🌺🌿🌺🕉🌸🌿🌷💖🌺🌷🌿🕉 Happy Durga MahaAshtami Beautiful Souls. Jai Maa Durga ~ Jai Maa AdiShakti ! 🌺🌸🌿🌸❤️🍃💖🌷 Artist @ramesstudios