Shukla Paksha Ashtami of Hindu month Paush is called Banada Ashtami or Banadashtami. Shakambhari Navratri begins on this day and ends on Paush Purnima. In 2022, Banada Ashtami falls on Monday, 10 January.
Mostly Navaratri starts on Shukla Pratipada except for Shakambhari Navaratri which starts on Ashtami and ends on the full moon. Hence Shakambhari Navratri lasts for a total of eight days. However, due to the release of Tithi in some years and the truncation of Tithi Shakambhari Navratri, it can take up to seven and nine days respectively.
Shakambhari Mata is the incarnation of Goddess Bhagwati. It is believed that Goddess Bhagwati incarnated as Shakambhari to reduce famine and severe food crisis on Earth. She is also known as the goddess of vegetables, fruits, and green leaves and is depicted with green surroundings of fruits and vegetables.
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Gupta Navaratri is also known as Banada Ashtami. "Secret" means hidden or hidden. On the day of Gupta Navaratri, devotees perform various illegitimate rituals, such as Tantrism, Vashikaran (One Possession Act), and Videshan (harming another's life). Gupt Navratri Puja is performed in nine different forms of Goddess Shakti. This Navratri is performed in secret, and during these days, Goddess Durga is worshiped in secret. This Gupta cult is very powerful and brings significant results for devotees who view it with full devotion. Worshiping Goddess Durga brings prosperity. Devotees who recite their greatness and serve God transcend their illusion and liberate themselves. She will overcome the misfortune of her devotees.