Durvashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Durva Grass, an important item in Hindu ritual, is worshipped on the day. Durvashtami 2014 date is September 2. It is believed that observing Durvashtami Vrata will bring peace and prosperity. The ritual is mainly observed by women. Please note that in some regions the ritual is also observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month (August 4, 2014).
The Durva Ashtami Vrata is performed mainly in Bengal and North and Eastern parts of
. In India Bengal, it is known as Durvashtami Brata.
Pujas and rituals are offered to Durva grass. Fruits, flowers, rice and other usual pujas accessories are offered on the day. It is believed that observing this Vrata will help in the long life of children.
Legend has it that a few hairs that fell from the arm of Lord Vishnu became the Durva Grass. When Devas and Asuras were carrying Amrut (elixir) after the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) a few drops fell on the Durva Grass and it became immortal and auspicious.