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If yes, you have come to the right place. Ahoi Ashtami (अहोई अष्टमी) in 2017 will be observed on Thursday, 12th October.
As per Hindu calendar, Ahoi Ashtami (अहोई अष्टमी) is celebrated on the eighth day of waning moon in Kartik month.
What is Ahoi Ashtami?
Ahoi Ashtami (अहोई अष्टमी) is a fasting festival celebrated mostly in the northern region of India. On this day mothers fast from dawn to dusk, without eating or drinking anything, for the well-being of their sons. Fast is broken after sighting stars in the sky in evening.The entire day is similar to that of Karwa Chauth. The difference is, Karwa Chauth is observed for the well-being of husbands whereas Ahoi Ashtami is observed for the well-being of sons.
Ahoi Ashtami (अहोई अष्टमी), also known as Ahoi Aathe, is usually observed in the month of October or November. However, Ahoi Ashtami in 2017 will be observed on Thursday, 12th October. Mothers on this day follow a strict fast and abstain from eating or drinking anything. Before sun sets, all fasting mothers gather and narrate various stories associated with the fast. They then worship Ahoi Mata (Goddess Ahoi) and pray for good health and prosperity of their sons.
Muhurat for Ahoi Ashtami
The fast for Ahoi Ashtami starts between 06:55 am on 12th Oct, 2017 and ends at 04:59 on 13th Oct, 2017.
- Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat = 18:00 to 19:14 (12th Oct, 2017)
- Duration = 1 Hour 14 Mins
- Sanjh (साँझ) time for sighting Stars = 18:26
- Moonrise on Ahoi Ashtami = 24:09+
What is the Significance of Ahoi Ashtami?
Ahoi Ashtami is a festival celebrated by the mothers for the betterment of their children. During this festival the mothers fast for their children. Normally this festival is observed 4 days after Karwa chauth and 8 days before Diwali. This festival is majorly celebrated in the Northern part of India. This year Ahoi Ashtami will be celebrated on 12th October 2017. The major difference between Karwa Chauth fast and the Ahoi Ashtami fast is, Karwa chauth vrat is ended by seeing the moon whereas, in Ahoi ashtami the mothers end their vrat by seeing the stars.
Ahoi Ashtami Katha:
Years ago, there was a rich and a wealthy couple having 7 son’s. One fine day the lady went to the jungle to gather some soil for household work, while doing this activity her weapon accidentally killed a baby lion, due to which the lioness cursed the lady by which the couple lost their all 7 son’s within a year.
The couple was totally stressed and depressed. One morning a saint was just passing by the couple’s house and noticed that there was something sad going on, due to which the saint suggested the couple to perform some remorseful acts in a remote area. The couple then decided to do the same and kept walking down the villages, the forest, as the couple was desperate to get rid of the curse. Since nothing was still working they decided to sacrifice their lives by leaving food and water. The fast continued for 6 long days and on the 6th day they heard a divine voice which asked them to worship the Goddess Ahoi by keeping a fast on Ashtami. The couple worshiped the Goddess Ahoi and returned back home. The couple was once again blessed with 7 sons by Ahoi’s blessings.
Since then the women in the Northern parts of India keep fast for the well being of their children.