Significance of 108 Lotus Flowers on Ashtami of Durga Puja

During Durga Puja, the transition from ashtami(eighth day) to navami(ninth day), the period of 45 minutes, Goddess Durga is believed to take the form of Chamunda. The belief is that these are final moments of the battle between two demons Chanda and Mundo, and Ma Durga. The demons are killed in these moments. Intense prayers are offered during this period and it is called the Sandhi Puja. 108 Lotus flowers and 108 lit lamps form a major part of the offerings made to the Goddess then.

108 lotus flowers

Significance of Lotus

Flowers are an integral part of every Hindu Puja (worship) and rituals. And of all the flowers, Lotus is considered the most auspicious and sacred. Lotus represents beauty and non-attachment. Lotus plant flourishes in muddy slushy water, yet the flower rises above it without becoming dirty or wet. Lotus symbolizes how one should live without any attachment to one’s surroundings.

“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”
— Bhagavad Gita 5.10

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33 Responses to “Significance of 108 Lotus Flowers on Ashtami of Durga Puja

  • Beautiful photos and a very interesting explanation of Hindu beliefs.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

  • Always so much to learn here.. and always with beautiful images.

  • «Louis» appreciates the symbolism of the lotus rising above the dirty water without becoming soiled itself.

  • Nice impression Indrani.

    have a nice weekend.


  • Really I was not aware of this Sandhi Pooja. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and explanations.

  • I wasn't aware of Sandhi Pooja.. tht's such an interesting explanation.. Also, I loved the Geeta quote with which you have ended the post..

    Mirra Alfassa believed that Lotus flowers symbolize power and wealth.. As with many other beautiful flowers and their decoration, Auroville premises have lovely small lotus ponds wherever there is some space.. I have one photo I particularly like, will share it with you sometime..

  • Some wonderful photos

  • Thank you for this wise uplifting post.

    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral


  • They are so lovely the Lotus flowers! And a nice celebrating I think.. 🙂

  • The photos are amazing. It is interesting to read about the different rituals around the world.

  • Lovely photographs and good lines on lotus.

  • Amazing photographs…and always ALWAYS good to read that Gita quote.

  • beautiful images with fascinating commentary

  • The scene is holy.
    As for the bouquet, it is symbolized the happiness. . .

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for all the interesting information and the beautiful pictures. I've never thought of the beauty of lotus flowers coming from muddy slushy water. What a great metaphor.

  • What an interesting post – wonderful flowers!

  • Very interesting information, Idrani!!
    Beautiful captures!
    Have a nice day!

  • Wonderful and colorful shots of festival. Celebrations in this time reach great heights.

  • Loved the photo with the diyas….lovely!

  • Delightful and beautiful.

  • Hi Indrani! Lovely pictures, beautiful post and always learning… Great blog!!

    Sorry for the absence: out one week, busy on return and then caught by the flu… 😉
    Blogtrotter Two is still waiting for you in Algiers… Enjoy and have a great week!

  • Didn't know about this ritual. Thanks for sharing this. For us (in Kerala), Navrratri is only about Saraswati puja. 🙂

  • Really nice pictures, lotus flowers are fantastic, thanks for sharing this interesting celebration 🙂

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  • Interesting post. And the photos are lovely.

    I grew up in Malaysia and had a number of Indian friends, but I don't much about the culture nor religion…

  • I never knew this about the Lotus plant and it's flowers! Never touch the water? Wow…beautiful!
    Congrats on your POTW

  • Wonderful!!!
    What a lovely ritual.

    x Robyn

  • I always enjoy the Durga Puja celebrations. Now we have Diwali nowadays….life in India is a festival…

  • I like it when beliefs resonate on the level that just makes perfect sense. I mean, when you think of demons you think of all things ugly and evil. What better to defeat the ugliness of evil than true, naturally occurring beauty?

    What a fantastic, and sensible ritual.

  • I learned much, today, reading your post, Indrani. This is really beautiful. Thank you for sharing this ritual and congratulations on your POTW award. Well deserved!

  • Loved that picture of lotus blooms in the basket !

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