Shakambari Navratri is devoted to Goddess Shakambari Mata – She is the divine mother, called "The Bearer of the Greens". Shakambari Navratri 2017 is celebrated for nine days and is from January 6 to January 12, 2017. This nine-day festival is celebrated in the Paush month or Pushya Month (December – January) and ends on the Purnima day in the month with Shakambari Jayanti. Shakambari Navratri 2017 starts on Paush Shukla Ashtami and ends on Paush Purnima. Paush Shukla Ashtami is called as Banada Ashtami or Banadashtami.
Shakambari Mata is an incarnation of Devi Bhagwati. It is considered that Devi Bhagwati incarnated as Shakambari to mitigate starvation and severe food crisis on the Earth. She is also recognized as Goddess of vegetables, fruits, and green leaves and represented with green surroundings of fruits and vegetables. This legend is mentioned in Devi Mahatmya.
In Karnataka, she is called as Goddess Banashankari and Banada Ashtami is a popular event during Shakambari Mata Navratra.
Shakambari Navratri 2017 is popular in different parts of India i.e, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and some parts of Tamil Nadu also. In Karnataka, Shakambari Devi is called as Banashankari Devi and Banada Ashtami is an important day during Navratri.