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Janmashtami 2022: Date, shubh muhurat, and rituals

The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 18 and 19, this year.

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Janmashtami 2022

Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated every year to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, according to Hindu Mythology.

People celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing, and sharing special food, night vigils, and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. The recitation of Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita is organized by major Krishna temples across the world.

Have a look at all the details of Janmashtami Dates, Shubh Muhurat and Rituals.

Janmashtami 2022 date

The festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 18 and 19, this year. According to the Vedic Panchang, Ashtami Tithi will start on August 18 and will end on August 19, 2022, so the celebration will take place on both days.

Janmashtami 2022 shubh muhurat

  • Ashtami Tithi will start at 9:20 pm on August 18, 2022
  • Ashtami Tithi will end at 10:59 pm on August 19, 2022
  • Rohini Nakshatra will begin at 1:53 am on August 20, 2022
  • Rohini Nakshatra will end at 4:40 am on August 21, 2022

Janmashtami 2022 rituals

  • The day of Krishna Janmashtami is marked by a lot of enthusiasm. A Krishna murti or idol is set up and worshipped. Makhan (butter) and Cheeni (sugar) are offered as prasad to Lord Krishna, as they are considered to be his favourites.
  • The Krishna devotees fast day long which can be only broken with the prasad after the puja. This is known as Paran (vow) to break the fast. Krishna’s birthday is also celebrated by performing aarti, kirtan, and bhajan.
  • Children sing bhajans and in some regions of the country like Maharashtra and Gujarat, people even celebrate the famous Dahi-Handi ritual.
  • Dahi Handi is an important ritual of the Janmashtami celebration. There is a handi or earthen pot filled with dahi (curd), makhan (butter), ghee, sweets, and nuts, which is hung at a height and then, a group of boys make a human pyramid to get to the handi and try to break it. Sometimes, the handi is hung at a height of 30 ft. from the ground.
  • 56 different varieties of bhog prasad are offered to Lord Krishna in all the Krishna temples. It is firmly believed that Lord Krishna will arrive at midnight and eat the bhog prasad prepared by his followers.

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Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 8: Know about Maa Mahagauri, Ashtami puja significance, and mantras

The eighth day of Shardiya Navratri is known as Mahashtami.

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Maha Ashtami

The festival of Navratri is celebrated with utmost religious fervour across the country and all nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during this span of time. This year, Shardiya Navratri started from September 26 and will continue till October 4, Tuesday.

Navratri Mahashtami will be celebrated on October 3, Monday, this year and Mahanavami falls on October 4. Devotees worship Maa Mahagauri on Day 8 of Navratri. The Ashtami and Navami days of Navratri have a special significance in Hindu religion. On both days, Kanya Pujan is performed at homes.

Families invite nine little girls, who did not reach their puberty yet, to their homes to worship them and to feed the girls, who are a representation of the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

Significance of Maha Ashtami

The eighth day of Shardiya Navratri is known as Mahashtami. Hindus worship Goddess Mahagauri on the eighth day of Navratri that is on Ashtami Tithi. Kanya Pujan is also performed on this day.

It is believed that doing Kanya pujan has many benefits, including acquiring knowledge, power, wealth, success, and forgiveness for prior sins.

The eighth day of Navratri is known as Ashtami Tithi or Mahashtami Vrat. On the eighth day of Navratri, devotees worship Goddess Mahagauri, the eighth form of Navdurga. It is said that Goddess Shailputri was extremely beautiful and had a fair complexion when she was 16 years old. Due to her fair skin tone, she became known as Goddess Mahagauri.

Shubh muhurat for Kanya Pujan on Durgashtami

The Ashtami will start from 06:47 pm on October 2 and will continue till 04:37 pm on October 3.
According to the Hindu calendar, the best time for Havan Pujan on Ashtami Tithi will be from 10:41 am to 12:10 pm.

  • Ashtami Tithi Begins – 6:47 pm on October 2, 2022
  • Ashtami Tithi Ends – 4:37 pm on October 3, 2022
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Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus.

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Festivals in October 2022: From Karva Chauth to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, check complete list here

India is known as the land of festivals due to its rich combination of diverse cultures, ethnic backgrounds, languages, and religious beliefs. The country celebrates each and every festival with zeal and passion.

The tenth month of the year begins with the auspicious festivals of Hindus. The first week of the month will begin with Navratri and Durgotsava and end at Dussehra.

The second week of the festival will see Karva Chauth, a festival performed by married Hindu women in which they observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands.

From Dhanteras to Diwali to Bhai Dooj, the last week of the month is full of celebrations.

Here is the complete list of festivals of October 2022.

  • October 2, 2022 (Sunday) – Gandhi Jayanti
  • October 3, 2022 (Monday) – Shardiya Navratri Mahaashtami (Durga Ashtami) and Kanya Puja
  • October 4, 2022 (Tuesday) –  Mahanavami, Navratri fasting
  • October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) – Dussehra (Vijayadashmi), Durga idol immersion
  • October 6, 2022 (Thursday) – Papankusha Ekadashi fast
  • October 7, 2022 (Friday) – Ashwin Shukra Pradosh Vrat
  • October 9, 2022 (Sunday) – Ashwin Purnima, Sharad Purnima, Kojagar Purnima Vrat
  • October 13, 2022 (Thursday) – Karva Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi fast
  • October 15, 2022 (Saturday) – Skanda Shashthi fast
  • October 17, 2022 (Monday) – Tula Sankranti, Ahoi Ashtami
  • October 21, 2022 (Friday) – Rambha Ekadashi fast
  • October 22, 2022 (Saturday) – Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Jayanti, Kartik Pradosh Vrat
  • October 24, 2022 (Monday) – Diwali, Narak Chaturdashi
  • October 25, 2022 (Tuesday) – Kartik Amavasya
  • October 26, 2022 (Wednesday) – Bhai Dooj, Annakoot, Govardhan Puja, Yama Dwitiya, Chitragupta Puja
  • October 28, 2022 (Friday) – Kartik Vinayak Chaturthi
  • October 30, 2022 – Chhath Puja
  • October 31, 2022- Halloween
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Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1: Know about Maa Shailputri, puja significance, and mantras

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri.

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Maa Shailputri

Shardiya Navratri 2022 kick-started on September 26. The 9-day festival is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The first day of Navratri begins with Kalashasthapna or Ghatasthapana and devotees worship Maa Shailputri on this day.

As per Hindu mythology, Maa Shailputri is a form of Goddess Parvati and a reincarnation of Sati. Her name is formed with two words Shail which means mountain and Putri which means daughter. Collectively, Shailputri means daughter of the mountains.

Shardiya Navratri 2022 Day 1 shubh muhurat

  • According to Drik Panchang, the Ghatasthapana Muhurta falls on Pratipada Tithi. The Ghatasthapana Muhurat will begin at 06:11 am and end at 07:51 am.
  • The Ghatasthapana Abhijit Muhurat is at 11:48 am and will end at 12:36 pm. Additionally, the Pratipada Tithi begins at 03:23 am on September 26 and ends at 03:08 am on September 27.

Maa Shailputri significance

Lord Shiva’s wife Goddess Parvati took birth as Lord Himalaya’s daughter after Sati’s self-immolation. She was then called Maa Shailputri, Hemavati, or Parvati.

Maa Shailputri has two hands. While in the right hand she carries Trishul and in the left hand she carries a lotus flower. She represents the white colour and is synonymous with innocence, peace, purity, and calmness. Devotees worship her for good fortune and prosperity.

Maa Shailputri puja vidhi

Devotees establish a Kalash at their homes which are followed by Panchopachara Puja. Maa Shailputri is worshipped with flowers, incense sticks, oil lamps, fruits, and sweets such as bhog.

It is believed that the Moon is governed by Maa Shailputri and any bad effect of the Moon can be prevented by worshipping Hemavati, the daughter of mountains.

Maa Shailputri mantras

  • Om devi Shailputryai namah
  • Vande vanchhit laabhaay, chandrardhkritshekharaal
    Vrisharudham shooldharam shailputril yashaswinil

Nine forms of Goddess Durga

  • Day 1: Maa Shailputri
  • Day 2: Maa Brahmcharini
  • Day 3: Maa Chandraghanta
  • Day 4: Maa Kushmanda
  • Day 5: Maa Skandmata
  • Day 6: Maa Katyayani
  • Day 7: Maa Kaalratri
  • Day 8: Maa Mahagauri
  • Day 9: Maa Siddhidatri
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