--> Skip to main content

Durvashtami Vrata 2023 – Durva Ashtami Dedicated to Durva Grass

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 2023 date is September 23. It is believed that observing Durv Ashtami 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 24, 2023).

The Durva Ashtami Vrata is performed mainly in Bengal and North and Eastern parts of India. In 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.

In some regions, Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya is worshipped by offering durva grass.

21 blades of Durva are tied on to a thread and is offered to Shiva and family on the day.

Durvashtami Mantra

दुर्वा करान्सह रितान मृतन्मंगल प्रदान।

आनी तांस्तव पूजार्थ गृहाण परमेश्वर॥

Durvashtami Vrata Benefits

It is believed that by offering the durva grass with its tips facing east on the day, immortality is attained.

The main benefit of observing the ritual is a long life and disease free body.