Maha Ashtami in India in 2020

Maha Ashtami in India in 2020

  Dates of Maha Ashtami in India
2022 Oct 4
Arunachal PradeshTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
GoaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Oct 4Regional Holiday
2021 Oct 15
Arunachal PradeshFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Oct 15Regional Holiday
2020 Oct 23, Oct 24, Oct 25, Oct 26
KarnatakaMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Oct 26Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
GoaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
KeralaSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
NagalandSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
NagalandSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Oct 25Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSat, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Oct 23Regional Holiday
2019 Oct 8
Arunachal PradeshTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
GoaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Oct 8Regional Holiday
2018 Oct 18, Oct 19
Arunachal PradeshFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Oct 19Regional Holiday
GoaThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Oct 18Regional Holiday
The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana
  Maha Ashtami in other countries
Maha Ashtami internationally
  Which regions observe Dussehra in 2020?
  Arunachal PradeshOct 25Regional Holiday
  ChandigarhOct 25Regional Holiday
  ChhattisgarhOct 25Regional Holiday
  DelhiOct 25Regional Holiday
  GoaOct 25Regional Holiday
  GujaratOct 25Regional Holiday
  HaryanaOct 25Regional Holiday
  Himachal PradeshOct 25Regional Holiday
  Jammu and KashmirOct 25Regional Holiday
  JharkhandOct 25Regional Holiday
  KarnatakaOct 26Regional Holiday
  KeralaOct 25Regional Holiday
  Madhya PradeshOct 25Regional Holiday
  MaharashtraOct 25Regional Holiday
  MeghalayaOct 23, Oct 24Regional Holiday
  MizoramOct 25Regional Holiday
  NagalandOct 25Regional Holiday
  OdishaOct 26Regional Holiday
  PunjabOct 25Regional Holiday
  Tamil NaduOct 26Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshOct 25Regional Holiday
  UttarakhandOct 25Regional Holiday

On this day, many of your colleagues in India will celebrate the culmination of the ten day Dussehra festival.

It may be known in some regions as Vijayadashami and in parts of southern India, it is known as Dasara. Other regional spellings include Dashera and Dussera.

As this is a ten day festival based on a lunar date with many important days and also because it has many different names in the various regions on India, it is difficult to determine when each region has a holiday. On this site, we show the date of the tenth day and you can assume that most regions will observe this a public holiday.

In India, the festival of Dussehra symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

The festival traditionally represents the legend of Rama and Ravana.

Ravana, the demon king, abducted the beloved Princess of India, Sita.

The Lord Rama rescued the Princess, proving victorious over the powerful and evil King Ravana.

The Dussehra festival is ten days long, culminating on the tenth day, the Dussehra holiday.

On the day of Dussehra, large statues of Ravana are constructed and brought into open fields.

These effigies are burned and with them the evil they represent, so that the people are allowed to follow the path of virtue and goodness throughout the year.

Ayudha Puja

On the ninth day of Dussehra, Ayudha Puja is celebrated in several regions of India. Celebrations may involve many common and seemingly mundane tools and implements used in everyday life, such as computers, books, cars, or kitchen tools.

The aim is to see the divine in everything, notably those things used in one's livelihood. It is believed that this day is also a blessed one for any


In the southern India states, this festival is called Navaratri ('nine nights') and revolves around the worship of the goddesses Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Lakshmi is associated with good luck and wealth, and Sarasvati is linked with wisdom and fertility.

The festival is a time for visiting friends and relatives, and houses are decorated with colourful displays of toys and images of gods. In Gujarat there are nine days of music and dancing.

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