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Durga Ashtami, 20 October 2015

Durga Ashtami Puja

Durga Ashtami Puja

20 October 2015 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 2015, Bathukamma Festival is celebrated on October 20.

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 20

Durga Ashtami date in Canada – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in UK & other European countries – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in UAE & other Gulf countries – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in Singapore – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in Malaysia – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in Australia – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in New Zealand – October 20

Durga Ashtami date in South Africa & other African countries – October 20

Panchang, Durga Ashtami – 20 October 2015

Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:29 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:53
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)12:25 Chandrastama (Moonset)23:50

Today’s Panchangam
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Saptami – 14:23
Nakshatra Purva Ashadha – 14:34
Yoga Sukarman – 21:25
Karana Vishti – 26:01*

Today’s Panchang
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Manmadha
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Kilaka
Rahu Kalam: 15:02 – 16:28
Gulika Kalam: 12:11 – 13:37
Yama Gandam: 09:20 – 10:46

Today’s Rashi
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Tula
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Dhanu – 20:34:15

Auspicious Time
Amrita Kalam 09:41 – 11:19
Abhijit: 11:48 – 12:34

Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 22:29 – 24:04*
Durmuhurthams: 22:56 – 23:46

Today’s – Festivals / Vratam / Pooja / Jayanthi – Durgashtami, Mahashtami Upvaas, Mahanavami Upvaas, Saraswati Poojan

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