The season of festivals is far from over. After an exciting time of Navratri and Karwa Chauth, here comes another important day of fasting. Ahoi Ashtami is a very significant festival. The day is observed by mothers. The festival is more popular in north India. Traditionally, mothers fast through the day to ensure the good health and prosperity of their sons. Over the years, the rituals have been moulded and mothers, today, observe the day for both sons and daughters.
Ahoi Ashtami is observed in the Hindu month of Karthik, which falls between September and October. The day is four days after Karwa Chauth and seven to eight days before Diwali. This year, it falls on October 28. The day is known as Ahoi Ashtami as it falls on the “Ashtami” or the eighth day of the waning period of the Moon.
Ashtami Tithi Begins - 12:49 pm, October 28, 2021
Ashtami Tithi Ends - 2:09 pm, October 29, 2021
Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat - 5:02 pm to 6:17 pm, October 28, 2021
Sanjh (evening) time for sighting Stars - 5:25 pm, October 28, 2021
Moonrise on Ahoi Ashtami - 10:57 pm, October 28, 2021
Vrat or fasting is the central focus of this celebration. Mothers wake up before sunrise and offer prayers at a temple. Then, their fast begins. The fast goes on till the first stars appear in the sky. Some women also prefer to wait for the moonrise before breaking their fast.
Prints or paintings of Ahoi Ma or Ahoi Bhagawati. Grains, sweets and some money is offered before the picture of Ahoi Ma. These offerings are later also distributed Amon the children in the household. Some families have a tradition of retelling the story of Ahoi Ma on this day.