September 27, Kathmandu. President Vidyadevi Bhandari today offered prayers at various Shakti Peethas in Kathmandu on the occasion of Mahashtami of Bardshah 2078 BC.
In this context, President Bhandari accepted his suggestions while wishing the priests present in the temple and the general public a Happy Dashain. The Maha Ashtami festival is specially considered as a day to offer prayers to the Goddess as Shakti.
President Bhandari visited the Bhagwati temple in Naxal at 4:30 pm and visited the Devi temple in Kathmandu. On this occasion, President Bhandari wished happiness, peace and prosperity to the priests, their families and the general public on the occasion of Vijayadashami 2078 BS.
The priest of the temple, Khagendra Niraula, while offering prasad and commentary on Nav Durga, suggested the President to excavate the country’s minerals and make proper use of the immense resources within the country for the economic development of the country.
The chief priest of the temple, Nilik Maharjan, informed President Bhandari about the dilapidated condition of the historic stone fountain in the temple premises. President Bhandari, as usual, visited temples including Mait Devi, Guhyeshwari, Kalikasthan and Shobha Bhagwati. On Wednesday morning, President Bhandari bowed his head at the Bhagwati temple at Palanchok, Panchkhal Municipality-9 located in Kavrepalanchok.
According to religious beliefs, devotees throng the Shaktipeeths across the country, including the Kathmandu Valley, on the eighth day of Navratri, to receive the blessings of Bhagwati for Shakti. Ashwin Shukla Paksha Shaktiswaroop is known as the festival of special worship of Durga Bhavani.
Although there are four Navratras in a year, Navratri is especially celebrated in the autumn in favor of Ashwin Shukla. Sharad Navratri, also known as Bardasai, is celebrated grandly throughout the country. Devotees visit the temple to worship, recite and pay homage to the goddess.
The Guhyeshwari temple in Pashupati area is also mentioned in various myths as having special significance in the Shakti Peeth.