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Asokashtami Vratas etc.
1Brahma said: -He, who eats eight buds of Asoka flowers on the eight day of the moon’s increase in the month of Caitra marked by the asterism Punarvasu, suffers no bereavement in life. The mantra, which should be recited on the occasion, is as follows:
2″I bereaved and miserable, cat thee, O Asoka, who art a favorite with the God Hara. Dost, thou make me griefless in life. Thus, the process of performing Asokashtami: is described.”
3Brahma said: -The ninth day of the moon’s increase, marked by the asterism Uttarashada, is called Mahanavami. A gift or a ceremonial ablution made under the auspices of this astral combination bears immortal fruits.
4The Goddess Durga worshipped on that day grants infinite piety to her votary. The Gods Sankara and others worshipped her on that day and acquitted infinite piety.
5A king wishing victory over his royal adversaries, should practise an Ayacita Vratam from the previous sixth day of the moon’s increase, and close it on the abovesaid day with rites of Ja pa and Homa, and by feasting the unmarried virgins.
6The worship should be conducted by reciting the “Durga, Durga, Rakshini: Svaha.” (Oh, Durga, Durga, obeisance to Durga, the protectress) Mantra.
7The rites of Hrdinyasa etc., should be performed by appending the terms “Namath, Svaha, Vasat, Hum, Vousat and Fat” to the principal Bija-Mantra. The Puja should be concluded by performing the Angushtha-Kanishtha Nyasa.”
8A new wooden temple should be constructed, and a golden or silver image of the Goddess Durga should be worshipped therein, on the eighth day of the moon’ s increase.
9As an alternative, the Goddess should be invoked and worshipped at the head of a spear, or at a sword blade, or in a book, picture or a mystic diagram. The Goddess should be contemplated as respectively holding a human skull, a dagger, a bell, a mirror, a Tarjani, a bow.
10-11And a banner, a small drum, and a noose in her left hands, and spear, a club, a trident, a thunderbolt, a sword, mace, an arrow, a discus and a rod in her right. The goddess should be worshipped fully equipped as described before.
12The different manifestations of the Goddess, such as, Ugracandga, Pracanda, Candygra, Candavati, Candarupa and Aticandika should be as well worshipped on the occasion. Of these Ugracanda is coloured like yellow pigment. Pracanda is coloured like rosy dawn; Candogra is sable; Canda-nayika is blue; Candarupa, yellow; and Aticandika, grey.
13-14Each of these divinities should be contemplated as standing sidewise on a lion, with her left leg elevated and thurst out. A furious centaur (half man, half buffalo) should be contemplated as charging the deity, who has got a sword in one hand and has caught hold of the hair of the centaur in the other.
15The Mantra, which consists of ten letters (Dasakshari) and is sacred to the Goddess, should be mentally recited by the votary; after which the trident of the Goddess should be worshipped.
16-17aThe votary should observe a fast on the eighth day of the moon’s increase after having worshipped the Goddess in an image, or in a divine sandal, or in water. A bull buffalo, five years old, should be sacrificed at the close of the night, and the blood of the’ offering should be offered by duly reciting the “Kali, Kali” Mantra.
17b-18The blood should be dedicated to Putana in the south-west; to the sin demoness in the north-west; to Caogika, in the north-east and to Vidarika, in the south-east; quarter of the heaven.