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Chaitra Durga Ashtami, Ashokastami, Bhavani Jayanti, Annapurna Pooja

Chaitra Durga Ashtami, eighth day of Chaitra Navratri, is also celebrated as Ashokastami, Bhavani Jayanti, Basanti Puja Ashtami, and Annapurna Puja in many places of India. In 2014, Chaitra Durga Ashtami date is April 7.

In West Bengal, this festival is celebrated as Basanti Puja Ashtami and Annapurna Puja. In Orissa, Ashokastami is celebrated. Bhavani Jayanti marks the birthday of Goddess Durga Bhavani.

The following day of Chaitra Durga Ashtami is Sri Rama Navami, birth anniversary of Lord Sri Rama.

It is also observed as Tara Ashtami Vrat.

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