Ahoi Ashtami 2023: Date, Vrat Katha, And RitualsJune 10, 2023
Ahoi Ashtami is an auspicious Hindu festival that falls on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Ahoi Ashtami honors Ahoi Mata, the Hindu goddess of fertility and motherhood. Hindus worship the goddess for ensuring the well-being and longevity of their children. Women who have children observe a fast on this day, which they break after sighting the stars in the evening sky. After this, they offer prayers and share delicious treats. Women gather together and perform the Ahoi Ashtami Pooja.
Ahoi Ashtami 2023: Date and Timing
Ahoi Ashtami 2023 is on November 05, Sunday. Hindu mothers celebrate the festival for the well-being of their children. On this day, they fast from dawn till dusk. Ahoi Ashtami comes around 8 days before Diwali. The fasting and Pooja on Ahoi Ashtami are done to please Ahoi Mata or Goddess Ahoi. This day is also called Ahoi Aathe. Ahoi Mata is actually Goddess Lakshmi.
Asthami tithi is from November 05, 1:00 am to November 06, 3:18 am. Ahoi Ashtami Pooja Muhurat is from November 05, 5:42 pm to November 05, 7:00 pm.
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha
Once there was a moneylender who had seven sons. One day in the month of Kartik, a few days before the Diwali festival, the moneylender’s wife decided to repair the house and decorate it. She went to the forest to fetch some soil for renovating the house. While she was digging the soil in the forest, she accidentally killed a lion cub with the spade. The animal then cursed her, saying that she would suffer a similar fate and within a year, all her 7 children would die.
On reaching home, the woman told her husband about the incident. The couple was grief-stricken and decided to kill themselves. They embarked on a final pilgrimage. They went on walking until they were so exhausted that they fell unconscious on the ground. Then they heard a divine voice that told them to go back home, serve the holy cow, and worship Ahoi Mata, who protects the offspring of all living beings. So, the couple returned home and followed the instructions.
On the day of Ashtami, the moneylender’s wife drew the face of the lion cub and observed a fast. She asked for forgiveness from the goddess for her sin. Goddess Ahoi was happy and gave darshan to her.
The Goddess blessed her and assured her that no harm would befall her sons. Further, she also blessed the whole village, ensuring its prosperity and welfare. On hearing this, the villagers drew inspiration from her story. The other mothers in the village also began to celebrate the Ahoi Ashtami festival by observing a fast. In this manner, the fast became a deeply rooted tradition among mothers.
Rituals of Ahoi Ashtami Festival
*On this day, mothers take a bath in the morning.
*Then they take a pledge, or Sankalp, to keep a fast for their children’s well-being. During Sankalp, they vow that they will not take any food or water and that the fast will end after they sight the stars or the moon, as per the family tradition.