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Avidhava Navami 2018 Date – Avidava Navmi Shradh

Avidhava Navami Shradh is observed on the ninth day of the annual Pitru Paksha fortnight and is dedicated to women who died before her husband. Avidhava Navami Shradh 2018 date is October 3. Avidhava Navami Shradh rituals and rites are strictly followed by widowers.

The rituals performed on the day vary from region to region and from community to community.

In the rituals, instead of gods from Hindu pantheon, demigods like Dhurilochan whose eyes remain half closed are invoked. Dhuri means smoke and lochan means eyes; their eyes remain half closed due to smoke.

In some regions, the Shradh rituals are not performed on the day. Instead food or meal is offered to the married woman’s soul. Some people also feed a Sumangali (married women) on the day. You can find details of how the ritual is performed in Karnataka in this article.