However, in modern India, the fast is observed for the well-being of all children. Fast is broken during twilight after sighting stars in the sky. Some women break the fast after sighting the moon but it might be difficult to follow as the moon rises late in the night on Ahoi Ashtami. This day is also known as Ahoi Aathe because fasting for Ahoi Ashtami is done during Ashtami Tithi which is the eighth day of the month.
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Deepa Gupta New Delhi October 29, pm. Ahoi Ashtami Ahoi Ashtami is a day when Hindu women keep a fast for the welfare and long life of their children. Also known as Krishna Ashtami, the festival is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of the Kartik month.
As per the story behind the observance of fast and celebration of the festival, once there lived a king named Chanderbhan. All his children died in early age. One day, he went to a forest along with his wife and decided to die there near Badrika Ashram. The couple stopped eating food and the days went on.
One day, a prophet told them that they had committed sins in their past life and those sins were responsible for the suffering in their present life. Both the king and the queen observed the fast with full devotion.
As a result, they were blessed with many healthy children in the following years and they happily lived long. Since then, the Ahoi fast became a ritual for Hindu women on the same tithi every year.
Women wake up early in the morning on Ahoi Ashtami day, and take a bath. They paint an image of Ahoi mata with a cub on a clean wall.
Many people use readymade picture calendar of Ahoi Ashtami too. Then place a mud or silver pot filled with water and a moli sacred red thread tied around the neck of the pot on the left side of the Ahoi image.
A glass of water is also kept to be offered to the sun after the puja. A bowl full of wheat grains, and other food stuff such as sugarcane, singhara, chana, sorghum and wheat flour halwa or meethe poore are offered. At dusk, the story of Ahoi Ashtami is recited in front of the Ahoi Mata image. At the time of reciting the story, a few wheat grains are kept in one hand and they are tied in the same stole, dupatta or saree pallu worn by the women at the time of prayers after the story is over.
The glass of water is offered to sun. Once stars rise in the sky, women break their fast after offering the pot water and the wheat grains tied in the saree pallu to the stars.
The women then drink water offered by their children, following which they eat satvik food without onion and garlic. They should observe a nirjala fast till stars appear in the sky and follow all rituals religiously. Those who already have children keep this fast in the belief they will be blessed with long and healthy life.
The famous katha of Ahoi Mata is recited on this day. The story goes like this. Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived in a village with her seven sons. Ahead of the festival of Diwali, the woman decided to renovate her house. She went to a forest to bring soil. When she was digging the soil with an axe near a den, the axe fell on a cub accidentally killing it on the spot.
She felt very bad and sorry. She gathered the soil quietly and brought it home with a heavy heart. Within a year, all her seven sons died one by one. The woman went into depression.
One day she narrated this story to a group of old women in her village. The village women told her that she had atoned half of her sin by confessing it in front of them. The woman did the same for a few years, and was said to have got all her seven sons back. Ahoi Ashtami Know rituals, significance and story of the festival. Representational image. Photo: Getty Images. This year, Ahoi Ashtami will be celebrated on October Ahoi Ashtami story As per the story behind the observance of fast and celebration of the festival, once there lived a king named Chanderbhan.
Ahoi Ashtami vrat and rituals Women wake up early in the morning on Ahoi Ashtami day, and take a bath. Ahoi Ashtami katha The famous katha of Ahoi Mata is recited on this day. Related Latest News. Throwback to the best-dressed celebs of season. After Priyanka, Parineeti Chopra next in line to get married. Ahoi Ashtami Celebrate in perfect spirit and seek blessings of Goddess Ahoi.
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Ahoi Ashtami is a significant festival in North India. On the day of Ahoi Ashtami, most mothers keep a day long fast for the well-being of their children. The Ahoi Ashtami fasting is observed four days after the day of Karwa Chauth. Once upon a time, there lived a kind and devoted woman in a village situated near to a dense forest. She had seven sons.
Significance of Ahoi Ashtami Vrat
The significance of celebrating Ahoi Ashtami is related to the mother who lived in a village with her seven sons. Once they thought an idea of renovating their home. For this, she went to the forest with her axe to collect the soil for the renovation. While digging the soil, her axe unintentionally fell on a cub who lived in a nearby den and he died. The mother felt very guilty and could not do anything. Thus, returned back home.
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This year, Ahoi is falling on the auspicious Punavasu Nakshatra till pm which is considered a very fortunate constellation. According to mythological belief, worshipping Goddess Parvati on this day, every wish is fulfilled. This fast is kept for the longevity of the child. Star watching time: Evening pm. On this day women wake up early in the morning and have a bath. They resolve to fast for the long and happy life of their child.
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha (अहोई अष्टमी व्रत कथा)
This story is from October 10, Ahoi Ashtami is a festival celebrated on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. This festival is celebrated mostly in North India and falls approximately 4 days after Karwa Chauth and 8 days before Deepawali. This year this festival will be celebrated on 21st October, This festival is celebrated in the form of a fast kept by mothers for the well being of their children.