Ashtami

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Ashtami (अष्टमी) is the eighth day (Tithi) of Hindu lunar calendar.[1]

Festivals[edit]

Krishna Janmashtami[edit]

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokul Ashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Hindu deity Vishnu.[2]

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra (called Aldebaran in the West) is ascendant. Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura, and Vrindavan, Nalbari and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur.[3]

Trilochan Ashtami[edit]

Three-eyed, Trilochana (त्रिलोचन) Nataraj Image of Lord Shiva

Trilochana Ashtami or Trilochanashtami (त्रिलोचन अष्टमी), is an Hindu auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati celebrated in Odisha and different parts of India.[4]

Tri(त्रि) means Three and lochan(लोचन) means Eye. Hence one who having three eyes is called as Trilochan (त्रिलोचन) literally means to Lord Shiva, three-eyed, that is, indication of the present, past and future.[5]

Bhairava Ashtami[edit]

Bhairava Ashtami or Kalabhairava Ashtami commemorating the day Kal Bhairav, a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, appeared on earth, is celebrated on Krishna paksha Ashtami of the Margashirsha month with a day special prayers and rituals.[6]

Radhastami[edit]

Radhastami is celebrated by Krishna devotees as the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashtami The eighth day of the Navaratra
  2. ^ Srinivasan (12 July 2011). Hinduism For Dummies. Krishna Janmashtami. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-0-470-87858-3. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Ernst Wilhelm. Classical Muhurta. Ashtami. Kala Occult Publishers. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-9709636-2-8. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Hindu Dharma Festivals
  5. ^ Kamal Prashad Sharma (1 August 2001). Maṇimahesh Chambā Kailāsh. Trilochanashtami (त्रिलोचन अष्टमी). Indus Publishing. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-81-7387-118-4. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Dr. Bhojraj Dwivedi (2006). Religious Basis Of Hindu Beliefs. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 172. ISBN 8128812394.