Durga Ashtami 2018

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Hindu Holiday in India

Godess Durga

When is Durga Ashtami?

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Durgastami or Mahastami is the eighth day of the Durga Puja festival
Dates of Durgastami
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday
2019 Sunday
2018 Wednesday
2017 Thursday
2016 Sunday
Regions where Durgastami is a holiday
Arunachal pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Manipur, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal

Known as Durgastami, Mahashtami or Durga Ashtami, this is the eighth day of Durga Puja celebrations.

Durga Ashtami falls on the Ashtami tithi of Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar.

Traditions of Durga Ashtami

Durgastami is one of the important days of Durga Puja and many people may fast on this day.

Durga Puja is a Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates the worship of the goddess Durga.

Durga Puja celebrates the ten-armed mother goddess, and her victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura.

The world was under threat from the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura, that no man or god could defeat. To vanquish the demon, Durga emerged from the collective energies of all the gods. Each of her ten arms brandished the deadliest weapon of each god.

On Durga Ashtami, the weapons of the gods used by Durga are worshipped.

Key days during Durga Puja

The rituals of Durga Puja last ten days with the start and the last five days being special festivals that are refelected in public holidays in some states in India.


Mahalaya marks the start of the Durga Puja festival. Read more about Mahalaya.

Maha Saptami

On the seventh day (saptami) of Durga Puja, the goddess started her epic battle against Mahishasura.

Vijaya Dashami

Aalso known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura. Statutes of Durga are paraded through the streets, then immersed in water.

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