Kathmandu: Hindus throughout the country are observing the eighth day of the ten-day long Bada Dashain festival as the Maha Astami festival today by worshipping Goddess Durga Bhawani.
On this day, people offer special worships to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati.
This day of the Dashain festival is considered a special day when Goddess Durga attained power, according to Vedic rituals.
On the occasion, people perform religious rituals at the Dashain Ghars and armouries and offer worship to goddess at various shrines by offering sacrifices of different animals.
The people also chant the mantras from Durga Saptashati, Shrimad Devi Bhagwat and Devi Stotra scriptures.