Ashtami Puja Date And Time
Durga Ashtami 2018 Date in India and Abroad
2018 Durga Puja Maha Ashtami Date
October 17, Wednesday 2018 – Maha Ashtami or Mahaashtami
MAHA-ASHTAMI : 17th OCTOBER, 2018 – WEDNESDAY
0632 Hrs To 1029 Hrs. : Shree Shree Durga Devi’s Maha-Ashtamadi Kalparambho And Maha-Ashtami Bihito Puja.
Bir-Ashtami Brata and Maha-Ashtami Bratapobas
1030 Hrs. To 1130 Hrs. : Ashtami Puja Pushpanjali
1907 Hrs. To 1955 Hrs. : Sandhi Puja
1931 Hrs. : Sandhikhon
2000 Hrs. To 2045 Hrs. : Sandhya Aarti
Durga Ashtami 2018 Anjali Time 10:30 AM To 11:30 AM
Ashtami-Tithi Begins = 10:16 AM on 16th Oct 2018
Ashtami_Tithi Ends = 12:49 PM on 17th Oct 2018
Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Mahashtami
Panchang for Durga Ashtami Day
Durga Puja 2018 Mahashtami, Durgashtami
Ashtomi Puja Pushpanjali 2018 Time
ASHTAMI – October 17, 2018 Thursday (দুর্গা পূজা মহাষ্টমী ৩ কার্ত্তিক ১৪২৪):
Maha Durgashtami Puja Time within 10:29 AM
Birastami Brata within 10:35 AM
Sandhi Puja Time or SANDHI PUJA (Sandhipuja: 7.07 PM-7.55PM | SACRIFICE: 7.31 APM
Mahashtami, also known as Maha Durgashtami, is second day of Durga Puja. Maha Ashtomi is one of the most important days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja on Maha Ashtomi2018 begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा) which is very much similar to Maha Saptami Puja except Prana Pratishtha (प्राण प्रतिष्ठा) which is done only once on Maha Saptami.
On Maha Ashtomi nine small pots are installed and nine Shaktis of Durga are invoked in them. All nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Maha Ashtami Puja.
Young unmarried girls, being treated as Goddess Durga itself, are also worshipped on MahaAshtami2018. Worshipping of young girls during Durga Puja is known as Kumari Puja. In many regions Kumari Puja is done during all nine days of Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja on a single day during Durga Puja is preferred on Ashtami2018.
The legendary Sandhi Puja is also falls on Durgasthami. The time window of the last 24 minutes of Durgashtami-Tithi and the first 24 minutes of Navami Tithi is known as Sandhi Time or the holy juncture during Durga Puja. Sandhi time is considered the most auspicious time during whole Durga Puja. Sandhi Puja is the culmination point and the most important ritual of Durga Puja. It is customary to perform Balidan or animal sacrifice at this sacred juncture. Devotees who abstain from animal sacrifice perform symbolic Bali with vegetables like banana, cucumber or pumpkin. For Brahmins any type of animal sacrifice is prohibited by scriptures and Brahmin community does only symbolic Bali. Even the famous Belur Math in West Bengal does symbolic Bali with banana during Sandhi Puja. It is customary to light 108 earthen lamps during Sandhi Kaal.