Grand ‘aarti’ was performed by priests at the agartala’s Durga bari on eighth day, which is known as Durga’ Ashtami’, of Navratri on Saturday. Durga ‘Ashtami’ is considered to be one of the most important days of Navratri. It begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. On this day, all the nine forms of the goddess and young girls are worshipped on this day. This is known as Kumari puja. The word Navratri translates to ‘nine nights’. In most of the parts of India different forms of the goddess, Maa Durga, are worshipped during these nine nights– Shilaputri, Brahmacharni, Chandraghanta,kushmanda, Skandama, Katyayani, Kalratri, Maha Gauri, and Siddhidatri. “We have been following Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government as there are different teams working for different departments. We sanitise the temple premises twice a day. We also ensure that those who enter the temple wear a mask and use sanitiser.” Speaking to The Tripura Post, said DM office official, west tripura district.