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Ahoi Ashtami (अहोई अष्टमी)

Ahoi Ashtami Devi

Ahoi Ashtami or Ahoi athen or अहोई अष्टमी as known in common tongue festival is specifically meant for mothers who have sons. Mother's keep fast on this day and this is celebrated in the month of October- November (8th day after full moon of Kartik Hindu month). This festival falls on a week before Diwali. Mothers keep fast all day and in the evening offer Pooja water to stars and prey for their long life of their sons. Many stories are associated with this festival which relate to asking for wish and blessings for their sons.

The baniya-marwari (traders) community in Rajasthan has held on to this tradition quite religiously over centuries. In the age of ‘readymade’ items though quite a few Marwari households which buy a ready-made Ahoi Mata calendar, there are still those who retain the age-old tradition of making the Mother’s sketch with the help of geru - red powder diluted with water to make a paste. Her picture is either hung (if it is a calendar) or made on the wall.

 

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha1

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha 2

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha (Marwari)

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha(4)

Ahoi Mata ki Arti