Ashtami, or Asthami, is the eighth day during Navaratri and is one of the most auspicious days during the nine-day festival and is also known as Durga Ashtami. Fasting dedicated to Goddess Durga is observed on the day by a large number of Hindus, especially in North and Eastern parts of
It must be noted here that due to one Tithi Kshaya (merging of two dates into one day), the number of Navratras in 2009 will get reduced to eight in number, instead of the usual nine days. Thus Navami and Ashtami are marked on April 3, 2009 in most calendars in
The famous Ashokashtami festival in Orissa is marked on April 2, 2009 as Ashtami starts on April 2 but it is only for a small period. The greater period of Ashtami is on April 3.
You can find more details about Durga Ashtami and its importance in this article.