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Navratri Ashtami 2019 Date

Navratri Ashtami is the third day of Durga Puja celebrations and the eighth day of the Navratri festival. Navratri Ashtami 2019 date is October 6. The Chaitra/Vasant Navratri (March - April) Ashtami date is April 13.

A fast is undertaken on the day majority of devotees. The day is also known as Virashtami and Maha Ashtami. Other important rituals on the day include:
  • Mahanisha Puja,
  • Astra Puja,
  • Sandhi Puja and
  • Kumari Puja.
Legend has it that Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Goddess Durga to kill Chanda and Munda and Raktabija on the Ashtami day. On the day, 64 Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas – the eight consorts – of Durga are also worshipped.

On the Navratri Ashtami day, Goddess Maha Gowri form of the Nav Durga is worshipped.

The day also marks the beginning of Ayudha Puja – books and implements are kept for puja on the day.