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The eighth day of Chaitra Navaratri is celebrated as Durga Ashtami, also known as Maha Ashtami. An auspicious day, the ashtami (8th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) of every lunar month is dedicated to Goddess Durga.On this day, coconut is offered in the form of bhog to please the deity. For prasad, you can also make coconut ladoo or barfi. Apart from this, traditional fare of poori, chana and halwa are prepared on this day.Kanya Pujan is observed on this day, where nine girls who have not yet attained puberty are welcomed into the house by first washing their feet and tying moli (red thread) around their wrists. These nine girls are then seated and offered a variety of delicacies. These nine girls are considered to represent the nine divine avatars of Goddess Durga namely Shilaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri.