Durva Ashtami is a unique Hindu observance that is dedicated to worshipping Durva Grass, an essential item used in almost all Hindu rituals. It is observed on the ‘ashtami’ (8th day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the bright fortnight of moon) in the lunar month of ‘Bhadrapada’ as per the Hindu calendar. However in the Gregorian calendar, the date falls between the months of August-September. According to the Hindu beliefs, observing Durva Ashtami with full devotion brings prosperity and peace in one’s life. This Hindu festival is celebrated with immense gaiety and enthusiasm in West Bengal and other eastern regions of India. In Bengal, it is popularly referred as ‘Durvashtami Brata’.

Durva Ashtami 2017 was on August 29 Tuesday

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Lord Ganesha,Durva Grass

Lord Ganesha,Durva Grass

Rituals during Durva Ashtami:

  • The rituals during Durva Ashtami are mainly observed by women. They get up before sunrise, take an early bath and wear new clothes prior to staring the puja rituals.
  • On this day, women offer special rituals and pujas to Durva Grass. The auspicious Durva Grass is worshipped with flowers, fruits, rice, incense sticks, curd and other essential puja items.
  • Women also keep a fast on this day. The observer of the Durva Ashtami Vrat also worships Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Along with fruits and flowers, Durva Grass is also offered to please the Lords.
  • Women perform the puja with full dedication for the long life and prosperity of their children. It also helps to bring peace and harmony in their married life.
  • On Durva Ashtami, Hindu devotees should offer food and clothes to a respected Brahmins. Doing so will bestow them with endless wealth and good fortune.

Important Timings On Durva Ashtami

Sunrise29-Aug-2017 06:11 AM
Sunset29-Aug-2017 18:43 PM
Ashtami Tithi Begins 29-Aug-2017 00:36 AM
Ashtami Tithi Ends30-Aug-2017 02:52 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Durva Ashtami:

In Hinduism, Durva Grass has special religious significance. It is a symbol of prosperity and is worshipped with purity and dedication. As per the legends it is believed that the few strands of hair that fell from Lord Vishnu’s arm became the Durva Grass. After the Samudra Manthan when the Asuras and Devas were carrying the ‘Amrit’, it is believed that few drops of Amrit fell on Durva Grass and since then it became auspicious and immortal. A person who worships Durva Grass on Durva Ashtami with full dedication gets all his/her desires fulfilled. Furthermore it is believed that a person who consumes only raw foods on Durva Ashtami is freed from all his/her sins, even those equivalent to killing of a Brahmin. The significance of Durva Grass was also explained to King Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna himself. Lord Krishna stated that a man who religiously performs the Durva Ashtami puja will be blessed to keep his legacy moving forward, from generations to generations.

Durva Ashtami festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Tuesday, 2nd of September
2015Monday, 21st of September
2016Friday, 9th of September
2017Tuesday, 29th of August
2018Sunday, 16th of September
2019Friday, 6th of September
2020Tuesday, 25th of August
2021Monday, 13th of September
2022Saturday, 3rd of September
2023Friday, 22nd of September
2024Wednesday, 11th of September
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