Nanda Ashtami is associated with Goddess Nandadevi and is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day (eighth day of waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month. Nanda Ashtami 2013 date is September 23. The festival celebrates the visit of
Nanda Devi to her mother’s home. Nandadevi is one of the most popular deities in the hills of Uttarakhand. There are numerous temples dedicated to Nanda Devi in Garhwal and Kumaon regions.
Nanda Ashtami festivities end with Nanda Jat, a ceremonial farewell from her mother’s house.