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Goddess Ashtabhuja – Information About Hindu Goddess Ashta Bhuja Devi Form of Durga

Goddess Ashtabhuja is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. In this form, she is the one who brings an end to all evil and she is also responsible for the complete annihilation and dissolution of all creation before the next cycle of creation. Ashtabhuja form of Goddess Shakti is invoked by many Hindu communities on the first day of the Navratri festival.

Goddess Ashtabhuja

The Goddess is called Ashta Bhuja as she has eight arms. She has different weapons in her eight arms. The eight weapons symbolically represent eight guardians of the eight directions.

During Navratri puja she is invoked on the first day to keep away all evils.

It must be noted that the term Ashta Bhuja is also used to refer deities in Hindu Pantheon that are depicted as having eight arms.

Goddess Kushmanda is also referred as Ashtabhuja in some scriptures.

One of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja is located atop the Vindhya Mountain in Vindhyachal in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. The Vindhyachal Hill is the home the home of Goddess Durga and here is resides as Ma Vindhyavasini.

There are also numerous temples dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja in Maharashtra.