Patna: A young unmarried girl known as 'Kumari' dressed up as Goddess Durga being worshipped on the occasion of Maha Ashtami during Kumari puja, at Bengali Akhara in Patna on Oct 24, 2020. Kumari Puja, a special attraction of Durga Puja festival, is held to celebrate this faith through ceremonious worship of young girls in the sense of Divine Mother. Pre-puberty girls are worshipped as Goddess Durga in the ritual which is an integral part of 'Maha Ashtami'.

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