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Nanda Ashtami, or Nandashtami, is an important festival observed in Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) in the month of Bhado or Bhadrapad (August – September). In 2017, Nandashtami is on August 29. Nandashtami celebrates the visit of Nanda Devi to her mother’s home (mait). 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. The festival takes place on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day in the month of Bhadrapad. 
Nanda Devi is one among the numerous forms of Shakti and there are numerous legends in folklore about her. There is a widespread belief that Nanda Devi is Yoga Maya, the baby girl who replaced Krishna in the prison and escaped from the hands of Kamsa and warned him that Krishna, the son of Devaki, is already born and he will put an end to the terror of Kamsa.
Nandashtami festivities end with Nanda Jat, a ceremonial farewell from her mother’s house.

Spider – the Twenty Third Guru of Dattatreya

The twenty-third guru was a spider. The spider weaves its web with saliva from itself, and when it is done with it, takes it back into itself. This reminded him of the Brahman, the divinity that throws the cosmos cut of itself and at the end of an akaal gathers it back into itself.Another interpretationMy twenty-third guru is a little spider who built itself a nice cozy web. When a larger spider chased it, it rushed to take refuge in its web. But it ran so fast that it got entangled and was swallowed by the bigger spider. Thus, I learned that we create webs for ourselves by trying to build a safe haven, and as we race along the threads of these webs, we become entangled and are consumed. There is no safety to be found in the complicated webs of our actions. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD.)Earlier Archer – the twenty second Guru of Dattatreya