Durga Ashtami Puja, Durgashtami, Mahashtami, Veerashtami, is the main festival in Durga Navratri Pooja. Durga Ashtami is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Ashtami in Ashwin month or Ashwayuja masam. In 2018, Durga Ashtami date is October 17.
Rituals, Customs and Pujas to observe on Durgashtami:
Goddess Mahagauri is the Navadurga mata to worship on Durgashtami day. Maha Gauri Puja is also one of the main pujas to perform on Durga Ashtami. Durga is worshipped in the form of Maha Gauri on Durga Ashtami day. In some places, Goddess Bagala or Goddess Narayani is also worshipped.
In Telangana, a special regional festival called Bathukamma Panduga (Bathukamma Festival) is celebrated. Bathukamma Visarjanam (nimajjanam) is performed on Durgashtami.
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.
Durga Ashtami is the third day in five-day Durga Pooja celebrations in Bengal. On Mahashtami day, Kanya Puja or Kumari Pooja is observed in Bengal.
Durga Ashtami in other countries
Durga Ashtami date in USA – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in Canada – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in UK & other European countries – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in UAE & other Gulf countries – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in Singapore – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in Malaysia – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in Australia – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in New Zealand – October 17
Durga Ashtami date in South Africa & other African countries – October 17
Panchang, 17 October 2018
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విలంబ నామ సంవత్సర, ఆశ్వయుజ మాస, శుక్ల పక్ష, అష్టమి, ఉత్తరాషాఢ నక్షత్రం, సుకర్మ యోగం, బాలవ కరణం.
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:28 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:56
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)13:28 Chandrastama (Moonset)24:40
Paksha (Fortnight) Shukla Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 12:49
Nakshatra Uttara Ashadha – 21:29
Yoga Sukarman – 08:47
Karana Balava – 26:09*
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Ashwin
Shaka Samvatsara: Vilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Virodhikruthi
Rahu Kalam: 12:12 – 13:38
Gulika Kalam: 10:46 – 12:12
Yama Gandam: 07:54 – 09:20
North Indian Hindi Calendar – Ashwin Mahina (Kwar Maas)
Malayalam Calendar – Kanni Month (Kanni Masam)
Kannada Calendar – Ashwin Maasa
Tamil Calendar – Purattasi Month (Purattasi Masam)
Bengali Calendar – Aashin Mash
Nepali Calendar – Ashwin Maas
Telugu Calendar – Ashwayuja Masam (Ashwayujam)
Marathi Calendar – Ashwin Maas
Gujarati Calendar – Asoj Maas
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kanya – 18:59:46
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Makara
Amrita Kalam 14:15 – 16:04
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 26:00* – 27:48*
Durmuhurthams: 11:49 – 12:35