Ahoi Ashtami is another important festival after Karwa Chauth, which is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Ashtami, eight days before Deepawali. According to the Purnimant calendar followed in the Northern parts of India, the auspicious day falls during the Kartik month. According to the Amanta calendar followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and other southern states of India, it observes in the Ashwin month. However, the date is the same on both of these calendars. This year Ahoi Ashtami 2022 is going to be observed on 17th October 2021.
This festival is also known as Ahoi Aathe and the fast during this festival is similar to Karwa Chauth, the only difference is mothers break the fast after seeing the stars instead of the moon.
Ahoi Ashtami 2022: Date & Shubh Muhurat
Date: October 17, 2022
Shubh muhurat- 6:00 pm to 7:13 pm
Puja Muhurta – 05:50 pm till 07:05 pm
Duration – 01 Hour 15 Minutes
Star Sighting- 6:21 pm
Moonrise time- 11:24 pm
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Ahoi Ashtami Significance
Traditionally, Ahoi Aathe was dedicated to the sons, and mothers used to observe fast. However, the tradition has changed, and now mothers observe fast for all children, i.e. for sons as well as daughters.
The women who do not have children observe the fast and worship Goddess Kushmanda. Women have a bath in Radha Kund in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh (UP), before sunrise (Arunodaya).
Ahoi Aathe Puja Vidhi
Here is the Puja Vidhi for Ahoi Ashtami
- Wake up very early in the morning
- Have a bath and wear clean clothes
- Take fasting Sankalp
- Using geru, draw the image of Goddess Ahoi and perform pooja before sunset
- Read Vrat Katha and after that perform aarti and conclude puja
- Break the fast after sighting stars