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Story Of Maha Ashtami Punya Snan In Bangladesh

Maha Ashtami Punya Snan is observed during the Shukla Paksha Ashtami in Baishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The story of the ritual is associated with Parashuram, an avatar of Vishnu. This ritual is more popular in among Bengali Hindus especially in Bangladesh.

As per Hindu Tradition, Parashuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed his mother Amugha Devi with an axe to satisfy his father Jamadagni, who believed his wife was not pure.

The axe got stuck on the hand of Parashuram as a mark of sin.

For atonement of the sin, Parashuram bathed in the river Brahmaputra. The axe dropped from his hand and Parashuram free from the sin.

This divine incident is mentioned in Hindu scriptures but the popular name of Parshuram’s mother is Renuka.

The most important bathing spot on Maha Ashtami day is at Langalbandh in Narayanganj – 20 km east of Dhaka in Bangladesh.