Ahoi Ashtami: Significance Of Observing Fast And Rituals
Ahoi Ashtami is widely celebrated across India, similarly to Karwa Chauth. Here the main difference is women keep the fast for the well-being of their daughter or sons. Mainly, it is celebrated in the western parts of India, such as Gujarat or Maharastra. As per the Hindu calendar, this auspicious day falls on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. It is means Ahoi Ashtami usually arrives in the month of October or November. On this day, mothers pray for the success and development of their child. Let’s check out what are the rituals performed on Ahoi Ashtami.
About Fasting Rituals
Ahoi Ashtami is a special day for women to offers sincere prayers by following the fasting rituals. They begin their day by performing Ahoi Mata Puja. Women avoid eating food for an entire day to observe the fast. Later on, they conclude their fast at night after performing Ahoi Ashtami Puja. During this occasion, some of the women also keep fast to get blessed with a baby boy.
In the evening, women make rangoli of Maa Ahoi near the main entrance of their house. Also, they paint pictures of Goddess on the wall, which is used for Ashtha Koshthak. Thereafter, they perform Ghatasthapana vidhi near in front of the painted wall.
Significance Of Celebrating Ahoi Ashtami
The ancient myths suggest that Maa Ahoi may accept your wishes if you recall her with a pure heart. And therefore, women try to impress the Goddess by performing rituals and keeping fast. They even refrain from drinking water for a day and only end their fast after seeing the stars or moon at night.
Women visit the nearby temple after dusk and worship the Goddess. On this day, ladies get together under one roof and listen to devotional songs or ancient legend. Apart from this, women also prepare food delicacies for their family members. They offer sweet dishes to Goddess and seek blessings from her.
This auspicious day brings an opportunity to impress Maa Ahoi with true devotion. Those couples who are preparing for conception visit Radha Kunda at Mathura to take a dip inside the river. It is said that by doing so, they may get blessed with a baby boy.
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Important Date And Muhurat For Ahoi Ashtami 2021
- Date: 28th October 2021 – Thursday
- Tithi Timings:
- Ashtami Tithi Begins: 12:49 PM on 28th Oct 2021
- Ashtami Tithi Ends – 02:09 PM on 29th Oct 2021
The Ancient Legend
The ancient legend is based on a moneylender who had seven children. At the time of Diwali, his wife went to collect mud outside, and she unintentionally slaughtered a hedgehog(animal). After some time, a couple’s all seven children were found dead.
Moreover, the lady confessed the truth that she never had an intention to kill the animal to her neighbour. An old lady then asked her to worship Maa Ahoi in order to eliminate those past sins. She agreed and started worshipping Maa Ahoi by observing fast.
Soon, she was again blessed with seven children. Since then, women started following one-day fast on the 8th day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month.
Following the myths and ancient rituals, it is cleared that women should observe the fast on this day. They should remember Maa Ahoi for the longevity and wellbeing of their child.
A couple expecting a child should also recall the Goddess during the occasion of Ahoi Ashtami. There is a strong belief that Maa Ahoi may grant your wishes on this day. With this, May you receive the immense blessings of Maa Ahoi.