The festival of Ahoi Ashtami falls on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. The festival of Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated for the bliss of progeny and wellness of children. Ahoi Ashtami is also known as Ahoi Athe. On this day, women observe fast for the long life of their children and the auspiciousness of their entire life. By worshiping Ahoi Mata, mothers receive blessings.
In India, every day has a different sign of the excitement and joy of life. In this sequence, when we wish for the happiness of marriage life, then it also adds offsprings to walk in the journey of life. The festival Ahoi Ashtami reflects a wonderful combination of Indian life and traditions. On this day, a couple prays for the well-being of their family.
After receiving the bliss of progeny, the couple wishes a happy and healthy life for their children. In this way, mothers observe the fast of Ahoi Ashtami on the day of Kartik Krishna Ashtami,. It removes all the sufferings of their children.
Ashtami Thithi Start: 08-11-2020 in the morning 07:29
Ashtami Tithi ends on 09-11-2020 in the morning 06:50
According to the belief, this fast has been said to be very important for women who have sons. However, in today’s time, mothers observe this fast for both their sons and daughters. They perform the ritual of the fast with utmost devotion for the betterment of their children’s lives. Along with this, the fast is also a boon for the couple who are childless. Therefore, any person who wishes to have a child should do this fast.
The festival of Ahoi Ashtami has been mainly associated with regional areas. In most areas of North India, the tradition of Ahoi Ashtami fasting for Ahoi Mata marks beginning at ancient times. With this, if we talk about modern times, then this festival is celebrated in the year of India with devotion and faith. In many places even today, the picture of Ahoi Mata is inscribed on the walls of the house.
We can see this impression lively, mainly in rural areas. People make hoi is on the walls of their house with geru etc. Apart from this, people draw the Hoi on thick cloth worship by hanging it on the wall. While talking about cities in modern form, now people use pictures and idols of Ahoi Mata along with inscribing the mother’s picture on the walls of the house. In Hoi’s picture, a picture of eight brackets is made and next to it pictures of a porcupine and her children are made.
The festival of Ahoi Ashtami is traditionally celebrated according to the rules of the family. According to traditions, in some places, women observe Nirjala fast for the day. Later in the evening, they worship under the stars. And at some places, women worship the Moon by offering Arghya.
Considering the long life of the child and desire for their happiness, women take the vow of the fast. For the worship of Ahoi Mata, a picture of Ahoi Mata is also made on the wall from Geru along with Seh and his sons. These pictures are worshiped in the evening. Some people also worship by making Ahoi with silver.
Women keep an urn of water at the place of worship. Further, they perform aarti with incense, lamp, roli, akshat, and flowers, etc. After this, they offer milk and rice to the goddess. After the puja, they seek the blessings of their mother-in-law and elders in the house.
On the day of Ahoi Ashtami, one must listen to the Ahoi Vrat Katha.
The Katha of Ahoi Ashtami is like this – In ancient times, a moneylender was living happily in a city with his wife and seven sons. Before the festival of Deepawali, the moneylender’s wife goes to the river to collect soil near the river to help in cleaning the house.
Unfortunately, a child of porcupine dies from the spade of the moneylender’s wife. It made the moneylender’s wife sad but no one could postpone it. After some time, the seven sons of the moneylender die one by one. Therefore, the moneylender and his woman become extremely sad. Knowing this, an old woman asks the mother to worship goddess Durga on the day of Ahoi Ashtami and draw pictures of porcupine’s children.
The moneylender and his wife observe fast on Ashtami Tithi in Kartik month and worship Mata Ahoi and apologize for their sins. Upon this, they get their sons by the blessings of Ahoi Mata. In this way, every year, the couple started worshiping Devi Ahoi regularly with devotion and live their lives happily.
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