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Ahoi Ashtami
30th October 2018 (Tuesday)

Civil Twlight on Ahoi Ashtami

Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat = 18:07 to 19:28
Duration = 1 Hour 20 Mins
Sanjh (साँझ) time for sighting Stars = 18:38
Moonrise on Ahoi Ashtami = 23:50

Ashtami Tithi Begins = 22:39 on 30/Oct/2018
Ashtami Tithi Ends = 20:40 on 31/Oct/2018


2018 Ahoi Ashtami

Traditionally, on Ahoi Ashtami mothers used to fast from dawn to dusk for the wellbeing of their sons. However, in modern India, the fast is observed for the wellbeing of all children i.e. for sons as well as for daughters. Fast is broken during twilight after sighting stars in the sky. (Some women break the fast after sighting the moon but it might be difficult to follow as the moon rises late in the night on Ahoi Ashtami.)

Ahoi Ashtami fasting day falls approximately eight days before Diwali Puja and four days after Karwa Chauth. Similar to Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami is more popular in North India. This day is also known as Ahoi Aathe because fasting for Ahoi Ashtami is done during Ashtami Tithi which is the eighth day of the month.

Similar to Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami is a strict fasting day and most women abstain even from water throughout the day. The fast is broken only after sighting the stars.


Dhanteras Puja
4th November 2018   (Sunday)
Mahalakshmi Kuber Puja on Dhanteras

Pradosh Kaal Muhurat
Dhanteras Puja Muhurta = 17:38 to 19:29
Duration = 1 Hour 50 Mins
Pradosh Kaal = 17:01 to 19:45
Vrishabha Kaal = 17:38 to 19:29
Trayodashi Tithi Starts = 11:54 on 4/Nov/2018
Trayodashi Tithi Ends = 10:16 on 5/Nov/2018

2018 Dhanteras Puja, Dhantrayodashi Puja

Dhantrayodashi which is also known as Dhanteras is the first day of five days long Diwali festivities. On the day of Dhantrayodashi, Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the Milky Sea. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, along with Lord Kubera who is the God of wealth, is worshipped on the auspicious day of Trayodashi. However, Lakshmi Puja on Amavasya after two days of Dhantrayodashi is considered more significant.

Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes.

We don’t advise to choose Choghadiya Muhurat to perform Dhanteras Puja as those Muhurtas are good only for travelling. The best time for Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras is during Pradosh Kaal when Sthir Lagna prevails. Sthir means fixed i.e. not moveable. If Dhanteras Puja is done during Sthir Lagna, Lakshmiji will stay in your home; hence this time is the best for Dhanteras Pujan. Vrishabha Lagna is considered as Sthir and mostly overlaps with Pradosh Kaal during Diwali festivity.

We provide exact window for Dhanteras Puja. Our Muhurat times contain Pradosh Kaal and Sthir Lagna while Trayodashi is prevailing. We provide Muhurat based on location, hence you should select your city first before noting down Shubh Dhanteras Puja timings.

Dhanteras Puja is also known as Dhantrayodashi.

 The day of Dhanteras is also observed as Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the God of Ayurveda. 
Yamadeep is another ritual on the same Trayodashi Tithi when the lamp for the God of death is lit outside home to ward off any untimely death of any family members.


Kali Chaudas
5th November 2018  (Monday)
Kali Chaudas during Diwali

Kali Chaudas Puja Muhurat
Kali Chaudas Nishita Puja Time = 23:24 to 24:19+

Duration = 0 Hours 54 Mins

Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 10:16 on 5/Nov/2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 08:57 on 6/Nov/2018


2018 Kali Chaudas Puja

Kali Chaudas is also known as Bhut Chaturdashi. Kali Chaudas is mainly observed in Western states especially in Gujarat.

Kali Chaudas is observed during Chaturdashi Tithi during Diwali festivity. However Kali Chaudas day should not be mixed with Roop Chaudas and Narak Chaturdashi as it might fall one day before of Narak Chaturdashi. The day of Kali Chaudas is decided when Chaturdashi prevails during midnight which as per Panchang is known as Maha Nishita time.

As rituals of Kali Chaudas involve visiting crematorium during midnight for offering Puja to the Goddess of darkness and to Veer Vetal, the day of Kali Chaudas is decided when Chaturdashi prevails during midnight.

It seems that most Panchang don't make such distinction and list Kali Chaudas with Roop Chaudas and Narak Chaturdashi. Hence one has to be cautious while looking for Kali Chaudas date.

Further Kali Chaudas should not be confused with Bengal Kali Puja which is observed one day after Kali Chaudas when Amavasya Tithi prevails during midnight.

Abhyang Snan
6th November 2018 (Tuesday)
Morning bath on Narak Chaturdashi

Abhyang Snan Muhurta
Abhyang Snan Muhurta = 05:25 to 06:42
Duration = 1 Hour 16 Mins
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins = 10:16 on 5/Nov/2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends = 08:57 on 6/Nov/2018

2018 Abhyang Snan on Narak Chaturdashi

Five days Diwali festivity starts on Dhantrayodashi and lasts on Bhaiya Dooj day. Abhyang Snan has been suggested on three days i.e. on Chaturdashi, Amavasya and Pratipada days during Diwali.

Abhyang Snan on Chaturdashi day, which is popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi, is the most significant one. It is believed that people, who do Abhyang Snan on this day, can avoid going to Narak. Til (i.e. sesame) oil should be used for Ubtan during Abhyang Snan.

Abhyang Snan on Narak Chaturdashi might be one day before or on same day of Lakshmi Puja day on English Calendar. When Chaturdashi Tithi prevails before sunrise and Amavasya Tithi prevails after sunset then Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day. Abhyang Snan is always done during moonrise but before sunrise while Chaturdashi Tithi is prevailing.

Our Muhurta window for Abhyang Snan is between moonrise and sunrise while Chaturdashi Tithi prevails. We provide Abhyang Snan Muhurta exactly as it has been prescribed in religious Hindu texts. We consider all exceptions and list the best date and time for Abhyang Snan.

Narak Chaturdashi day is also known as Choti Diwali, Roop Chaturdashi and Roop Chaudas.

Often Narak Chaturdashi is considered same as Kali Chaudas. However both are two different festivals observed on the same Tithi and depending on the start and end timing of Chaturdashi Tithi might fall on two different consecutive days.



Lakshmi Puja
6th  November 2018 (Tuesday)
Lakshmi Ganesha Saraswati Pujan

Pradosh Kaal Muhurat
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 17:30 to 19:21
Duration = 1 Hour 50 Mins
Pradosh Kaal = 16:59 to 19:44
Vrishabha Kaal = 17:30 to 19:21
Amavasya Tithi Begins = 08:57 on 6/Nov/2018
Amavasya Tithi Ends = 08:01 on 7/Nov/2018



Mahanishita Kaal Muhurat
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 23:24 to 24:19+
Duration = 0 Hours 54 Mins
Mahanishita Kaal = 23:24 to 24:19+
Simha Kaal = 24:06+ to 26:34+
Amavasya Tithi Begins = 08:57 on 6/Nov/2018
Amavasya Tithi Ends = 08:01 on 7/Nov/2018




Choghadiya Puja Muhurat
Auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat for Diwali Lakshmi Puja

Morning Muhurta (Char, Labh, Amrit) = 09:17 - 13:08
Afternoon Muhurta (Shubh) = 14:26 - 15:43
Evening Muhurta (Labh) = 18:43 - 20:26
Night Muhurta (Shubh, Amrit, Char) = 22:09 - 27:18+



2018 Lakshmi Puja, Diwali Puja

Lakshmi Puja Vrat and rituals 

On the day of Diwali, people should get up early in the morning and pay tribute to their ancestors and worship family gods. Being Amavasya day, people also perform Shradh for their ancestors. Traditionally, most Puja are performed after keeping a day long fast. Hence, the devotees of Goddess Lakshmi observe a day long fast on the day of Lakshmi Puja. The fast is broken after Lakshmi Puja in the evening.

Lakshmi Puja Preparations 

Most Hindu families decorate their homes and offices with marigold flowers and Ashoka, mango and banana leaves on the day of Lakshmi Puja. It is considered auspicious to keep Mangalik Kalash covered with unpeeled coconut at both side of the main entrance of the home.

For Lakshmi Puja preparations, one should keep a red cloth at the right hand side on a raised platform and install idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on it after adorning them with silk clothes and jewellery. After this, one should keep a while cloth at the left hand side on a raised platform for installing Navgraha gods. One should prepare nine slots of Akshata (unbroken rice) for installing Navgraha on the white cloth and prepare sixteen slots of wheat or wheat flour on the red cloth. One should perform Lakshmi Puja with full rituals as described on Lakshmi Puja Vidhi.

Lakshmi Puja Muhurat 

On Diwali, Lakshmi Puja should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes. Some sources propose Mahanishita Kaal also to perform Lakshmi Puja. In our opinion Mahanishita Kaal is best suited for Tantrik community and practicing Pandits who know the best about Lakshmi Puja during this special time. For common people we propose Pradosh Kaal Muhurat.

We don't advise to choose Choghadiya Muhurat to perform Lakshmi Puja as those Muhurtas are good only for travelling. The best time for Lakshmi Puja is during Pradosh Kaal when Sthir Lagna prevails. Sthir means fixed i.e. not moveable. If Lakshmi Puja is done during Sthir Lagna, Lakshmiji will stay in your home; hence this time is the best for Lakshmi Pujan. Vrishabha Lagna is considered as Sthir and mostly overlaps with Pradosh Kaal during Diwali festivity.

We provide exact window for Lakshmi Puja. Our Muhurat times contain Pradosh Kaal and Sthir Lagna while Amavasya is prevailing. We provide Muhurat based on location, hence you should select your city first before noting down Shubh Lakshmi Puja timings.

Many communities especially Gujarati businessmen do Chopda Pujan during Diwali Puja. During Chopda Puja new account books are inaugurated in presence of Goddess Lakshmi to seek Her blessing for the next financial year. Diwali Puja is also known as Deepavali Puja and Lakshmi Ganesh Pujan.



Govardhan Puja
7th November 2018 (Wednesday)
Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja Muhurat
Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat = 14:55 to 16:58
Duration = 2 Hours 3 Mins
Pratipada Tithi Begins = 08:01 on 7/Nov/2018
Pratipada Tithi Ends = 07:37 on 8/Nov/2018

2018 Govardhan Puja, Annakut Puja

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day falls next day after Diwali Puja and it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. Sometimes there might be one day gap between Diwali and Govardhan Puja.

In religious texts, Govardhan Puja celebrations are suggested during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day might fall one day before on Amavasya day on Hindu calendar.

Gowardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. On this day food made of cereals like wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour and leafy vegetables is cooked and offered to Lord Krishna.

In Maharashtra the same day is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. The day commemorates victory of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, over King Bali and subsequent pushing of Bali to Patal Lok (the underworld). It is believed that due to boon given by Lord Vamana, Asura King Bali visits the Prithvi Lok from the Patala Lok on this day.

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day coincides with Gujarati New Year day, which is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada Tithi, Govardhan Puja celebrations could be done one day before Gujarati New Year day.

Bhai Dooj

8th November 2018 (Thursday)
Tilak Ceremony on Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj Tika Time
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 12:52 to 14:55
Duration = 2 Hours 2 Mins
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 07:37 on 8/Nov/2018
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 07:50 on 9/Nov/2018

2018 Bhai Dooj

On Bhaiya Dooj, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters. Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya.