Ashtami Shraddha is the eighth day in Pitru Paksha. It falls on Ashtami tithi in Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada Panchangams and in Ashwin month in North Indian Hindi calendars.
In 2018, Ashtami Shraddha date is September October 2.
It is also known as Arudrashtami when it coincides with Arudra nakshatram. Apart from shraddh rituals to dead ancestors, Shiva Puja is also performed on this day.
Shraddh Timings, 2 October 2018
Ashtami Shraddh 2018 – 2 October – Madhvashtami or Arudrashtami; Shraddh Timings – 1.17 PM to 3.42 PM
The best places for Pitru tharpana shraddh are: Varanasi, Prayag sangam, Haridwar, Rishikesh & Rameswaram.
The ideal place for Ashtami Shraddha as per Tamil beliefs is Noopura Ganga Theertham in Alagar Kovil near Madurai.
Ashtami Shraddh in Previous Years
In 2017, Ashtami Shraddha date is September September 13.
In 2016, Ashtami Shraddha date was September 23.