Traditionally, on Ahoi Ashtami, mothers used to fast from dawn to dusk for the well-being of their sons. However, in India, Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is being observed for the well-being of all children. Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is broken during twilight after sighting stars in the sky. For Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha, Ahoi Ashtami Puja Vidhi, Ahoi Ashtami Mantra Jaap, Ahoi Ashtami Images and Wallpapers read this article till the end.
Similar to Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is more popular in North India. This day is also known as Ahoi Aathe because fasting for Ahoi Ashtami is being followed during Ashtami Tithi which is the eighth day of the month. Ahoi Ashtami 2019 fasting day or Ahoi Ashtami Vrat falls approximately eight days before Diwali and four days after the Karwa Chauth. This year, Ahoi Ashtami is falling on October 21.
Ahoi Mata Vrat Katha ki Pooja Vidhi
To observe the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat, women wake up before sunrise, bathe and have some refreshments before visiting the temple to offer their prayers. They take a `sankalp’(pledge) or Promise to keep the fast without drinking water or eating food for the well-being of their children or close child. Then they start their fast till the stars are sighted in the evening or the moon, if the fast is kept till moonrise.
In the evening, before the sun sets, preparations for the `Ahoi Ashtami Puja’ are done. Traditionally, a drawing of Ahoi Mata or Ahoi Bhagwati is made on a clean wall. Alternatively, a poster of the goddess is used.
A bowl (preferably earthen) of water is placed on the left side of the poster where a thread dipped in vermilion is tied around the bowl (making sure it doesn’t get twisted while tying) and its ends are dipped in turmeric. A plate with an offer of puri, halwa, channa, Jowar and the like are placed before the goddess’ poster along with some coins.
Ahoi Ashtami Date and Puja Shubh Muhurat in India
This year, according to drikpanchang.com, the Ahoi Ashtami puja Shubh muhurta is for one hour 17 minutes, from 5.42 pm to 06.59 pm (October 21, 2019) and sighting time for stars is 6.10 pm. Moonrise will be at 11.46 pm.
Ahoi Ashtami Tithi starts at 6.44 pm on October 21 and ends on 5.45 am on October 22.