Durgashtami – Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 6:30PM

Our forthcoming function in the temple is Durgashtami on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm followed by Dinner. Please join us in the Bhajans (Chanting), Aarti and dinner. The Preeti Bhojan (dinner) will be served by UVic Family and Friends.

On this special occasion of Durgashtami we will be performing Kumari Pooja, Sindur Khela and we will be chanting MAHISHASURA MARDHINI stotram at 8:00 pm.

6:30 to 7 PM Durga Ashtotaram that is 108 names of goddess Durga and Kumari pooja
8 PM to 8:15 PM Mahishasura Mardini Strotam
8:15 to 8:30 PM, Bhog, Durga Arti and Prasadam
8:30 PM Sindur Khela – a traditional ritual of Durga puja on Vijaya Dashami

Kumari Puja is also referred to as Kanjak, Kanya Puja or Gouri Puja. This is an integral part of the Durga Puja, recognizing the presence of “divine power and strength” in every girl. If you have a daughter (who is in grade 4 or below) and are interested in her being a Kumari, please bring her to participate. Please let us know If you are interested in joining in the puja for the Kumaris, and please bring along your offerings.

Also, after the Aarti, we shall have “Sindur Khela” another integral part of the Durga Puja. All necessary arrangements for this will be there. Please join us.