2 October 2014 is Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami, Virashtami Vrat. It falls on the eighth day of Navratri, Ashwin Shukla Ashtami day. It also marks the third day of Durga Puja, Ashtami Durga Puja in Bengal, Assam, and other Eastern parts of India.
In Telangana, a special regional festival called Bathukamma Panduga (Bathukamma Festival) is celebrated. Bathukamma Visarjanam (nimajjanam) is performed on Durgashtami. In 2014, Bathukamma Festival is celebrated on October 2.
On Durga Ashtami, Ayudha Puja or Astra pooja is performed. Ayudha Puja ritual is celebrated on Vijaya Dashami or Dasara in some places of India. The mechanical operators, electrical operators and the articles which are used in professional life are worshipped during Ayudha Puja or Asthra pooja. In some places, Ayudha Puja is observed on Mahanavami or Durga Navami.
Sandhi Puja is a major ritual of Durga Puja observed on Durga Ashtami day. It is performed during the Sandhi kala between Ashtami and Navami tithis.
Durga Ashtami in other countries
Durga Ashtami date in USA – October 1
Durga Ashtami date in Canada – October 1
Durga Ashtami date in UK & other European countries – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in UAE & other Gulf countries – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in Singapore – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in Malaysia – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in Australia – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in New Zealand – October 2
Durga Ashtami date in South Africa & other African countries – October 2
Panchang, Durga Ashtami – 2 October 2014
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:22 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:09
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:19 Chandrastama (Moonset)24:45
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 12:07
Nakshatra Purva Ashadha – 21:53
Yoga Shobhana – 13:24
Karana Balava – 23:06
Hindi Month (North Indian calendar) – Ashwin Month, Telugu Month – Ashwayuja Masam, Kannada Month – Ashwina Masa, Marathi Month – Ashwin Mahina, Gujarati Month – Aso Maas, Tamil Panjangam – Purattasi Masam, Malayalam Month – Kanni Masam, Bengali Panjika – Aashin Month, Nepali Patro – Asoj Month.
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Jaya
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Plavanga
Rahu Kalam: 13:44 – 15:13
Gulika Kalam: 09:19 – 10:47
Yama Gandam: 06:22 – 07:50
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kanya
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Dhanu – 27:31:50*
Amrita Kalam 17:19 – 18:50
Abhijit: 11:52 – 12:39
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 29:21* – 30:51*
Durmuhurthams: 15:01 – 15:48
Today’s – Festivals / Vratam / Pooja / Jayanthi – Durgashtami, Mahashtami Upvaas, Mahanavami Upvaas, Saraswati Poojan