Sandhi Pujo

 
 
 
 
Maa Durga is also known as Mahishasura Mardini. Mahishasura Mardini means annihilation of the demon. But there is one more story worth telling you about Durga Puja. Sandhi Puja that marks the passing of Ashtami (8th day of Navratri) into Navami (9th day of Navratri).This is symbolically time of dusk at which Devi Durga slayed two other asuras named Chondo and Munda. When is Sandhikhan? The last 24 minutes of Ashtami and first 24 minutes of Navami is regarded as the Sandhikhan. This is the exact time at which Devi Durga slayed the notorious pair Chando and Munda. Thus Sandhi Puja must be performed at this time every year. This time varies every year according to the Lunar calendar. Sometimes it can be as early as 8 in the evening and at other times it can draw up to the wee hours of the morning.
 
Sandhi Puja has special significance during Navratri Puja. It is done at the juncture when Ashtami Tithi ends and Navami Tithi starts. It is believed that Devi Chamunda was appeared during this time to kill demons Chando and Mundo.

Sandhi Puja prevails for two Ghatis which approximately lasts for 48 minutes. Sandhi Puja Muhurta might fall at any time during the day and Sandhi Puja is done during that time only