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Sharda Ashtami

Sharda Ashtami is a unique ritual dedicated to the dead ancestors, parents and relatives performed in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharda Ashtami 2024 date is September 11. On the ashes of those who had died during the past year are immersed in the Gangabal lake, which also known as Harmukh or Harmukata Lake. The ritual is also known as Ganga Ashtami.

Harmukh Lake and its surrounding are holy places associated with Hindu God Shiva. Devotees also take a dip in the holy lake during the period. A fair is also organized during the period.

The day is popularly observed as Radha Ashtami in other regions in India.