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There is a story behind Banda Ashtami that tells Devi Bhagwati was incarnated as Shakambhari to mitigate famine and severe food crisis on the Earth. She is also known as the Goddess of vegetables, fruits, and green leaves and depicted with green surroundings of fruits and vegetables.
Shakambhari means Bearer of the Greens and also known as Banashankari, Banadevi, and Shankari. Paush Purnima is also known as Shakambhari Purnima which is celebrated as Shakambhari Jayanti. It is believed that the goddess Shakambhari was incarnated the same day. It is said that two Tantriks began Sadhna, but they could not accomplish it with perfection, and so their efforts were in vain. They discovered the results This period is known as Gupt Navratri where a devotee performs Puja to get the desired results. Since then, these nine days are secretly devoted to the goddess Shakti. As mentioned in the Srimad Devi Bhagavata Mahapurana, Devi Shakambhari was incarnated to eliminate the great catastrophe of the food crisis.
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