Durga Ashtami 2020 - Durga Ashtami 2020 Date and Timings, Maha Ashtami October 2020 Dates and Timings, Maha Ashtami Sandhi Pooja

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Durga Ashtami 2020 - Durga Ashtami 2020 is one of the Navratri Nine Day Long Festival of the Goddess Durga. The Navratri festival begins from October 17 and ends on 26th October 2020. Maha Ashtami, is celebrated on the second day of Durga Puja and this day is observed more in West Bengal and north eastern parts of India. Usually Durga Puja starts six days after Mahalaya but this year it is different due to mala maas - lunar month having two moons. Do you want to know more about the Durga Ashtami 2020 exact date and timings, Maha Ashtami October 2020 Dates and Timings and Maha Ashtami Sandhi Pooja,  please continue reading this article.

  

Durga Ashtami 2020

Durga Ashtami is celebrated grandly in the West Bengal States and North-Eastern parts of India. It is one of the Navaratri festivals, which is celebrated for nine days all over India. In North India, synonymous with the Navratri Festivities, the Durga Puja is celebrated by making huge idols of the Goddess in the form of clay sculptures and decorated elaborately with ornaments, silk clothes, flowers and scented oil and red kumkum.  Durga festival commemorates the victory of goddess Durga in her battle against the evil asura, Mahishasura. The Durga Ashtami symbolises the triumph good over evil.  The goddess Durga is revered and worshipped on this day in all Hindu households seeking the divine blessings of the Mother who is considered as the power shakti behind all life and creation on earth. 

Durga Ashtami 2020 Date and Timings

This year Durga Ashtami 2020 is celebrated from  October 21,  2020, and will end on the 26th October, 2020. Durga Ashtami is one of the Navratri festivals which consists of nine days starting from October 17,  to 26th October 2020. Durga puja and Navratri are celebrated together all over India and are observed with different rituals and procedures. In West Bengal this year Durga Ashtami is believed to come a bit delayed as they consider the mala maas is in the month of Ashvin and Durga puja will start only after the ending of Malamass. Bengalis believe  Goddess Durga arrives on earth on the day of Mahalaya. The Durga Ashtami which is a five day festival in West Bengali is considered very auspicious.

October 21

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October 22

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October 23

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October 24

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October 25

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October 26

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In Northeastern and northeastern states of India, the Durga Puja comes along with Navratri days, and is believed that the Mother Goddess Durga battles and emerges victorious after vanquishing the evil demon Mahishasura to save her children and help restore Dharma on earth. On Durga Ashtami, the devotees prepare well in advance by constructing pandals and making clay idols of the goddess. People visit all the pandals to see the beautifully decorated Goddess Durga and the traditional rituals and dance performed by the devotees. 

Maha Ashtami October 2020

Maha Ashtami, is widely known as the  Maha Durga Ashtami, which is the second day of Durga Puja. Maha Ashtami is one of the important days of the five day Durga Puja. On Maha Ashtami, devotees begin with early morning baths and prayers. Ritual called the shodashopachara Puja  which is just like the Maha Saptami Puja is performed. On Maha Ashtami, nine pots are installed and the nine Shaktis of Durga are believed to be invoked in them. All the nine forms of Goddess Durga Maa are worshipped with elaborate puja and chanting of mantras on the Maha Ashtami Puja. On Mahashtami Day, young unmarried girls are treated as Goddess Durga and they are considered sacred on Maha Ashtami. Worshipping of young girls on Mahashtami Day is known as Kumari Puja. In many regions of Northeastern state of India, Kumari Puja is done during all nine days of Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja performed on Durga Puja is preferred on Maha Ashtami.

Maha Ashtami Puja Date and Timings

Maha Ashtami, is widely known as the  Maha Durga Ashtami, which is the second day of Durga Puja. The date and timings of Maha Ashtami are as follows : 

Maha Ashtami on Friday, October 23, 2020

Ashtami Tithi Begins - 06:57 AM on Oct 23, 2020

Ashtami Tithi Ends - 06:58 AM on Oct 24, 2020

Maha Ashtami Sandhi Puja Dates and Timings 2020,

The auspicious Sandhi Puja is also performed on the Mahashtami. The final 24 minutes of Ashtami Tithi and the initial  24 minutes of Navami Tithi is known as Sandhi Time or the holy auspicious time during Durga Ashtami.  Sandhi time is considered sacred and very auspicious till the five day Durga Puja is over. Women traditionally light 108 earthen lamps during Sandhi Kaal. Sandhi Puja is the culmination and the most sacred ritual of Durga Puja. On Maha Ashtami Sandhi Puja, it is a widely performed practice and ritual to perform Balidan or sacrifice an animal.  Devotees who prefer to abstain from animal sacrifice conduct a symbolic sacrifice by cutting vegetables or fruits like, cucumbers, pumpkins or bananas.  The famous Belur Math in West Bengal performs a symbolic Bali with banana during Sandhi Puja.

Durga Ashtami 2020 - FAQ's

1. When does the Navratri Festival begin?      

The Navratri festival begins from October 17 and ends on 26th October 2020

2. When does  the Durga Ashtami fall in the Navratri Festival  in the year 2020?  

This year Durga Ashtami 2020 is celebrated from  October 21, 2020 and will end on the 26th October, 2020. 


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