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. Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha - Legend of a Mother and her Seven Sons Once upon a time, there lived a kind and devoted woman in a village situated near to a dense forest. She had seven sons.
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Practices[ edit ] On the day of fasting, after taking morning bath women take a pledge, called Sankalp, to keep the fast for the well being of their children. It is also recited during Sankalp that the fasting would be without any food or the water and the fast would be broken after sighting the stars or the moon according to their family tradition.
Puja preparations are finished before sunset. Women either draw the image of Goddess Ahoi on the wall using geru or embroider it on a piece of cloth and hang it on a wall. Any image of Ahoi Mata used for the puja should have Ashtha Koshthak i. The image includes along with Goddess Ahoi, the images of young children and a lion. Then, the place of worship is sanctified with holy water and Alpana is drawn. After spreading wheat on the floor or on the wooden stool, one water-filled kalash pot is kept at the place of worship.
The mouth of the Kalash is covered with an earthen lid. A small earthen pot, preferably Karwa is kept on the top of the Kalash. Karwa is filled with the water and covered with its lid. The nozzle of the Karwa is blocked with the shoots of the grass. The commonly used shoot is known as Sarai Seenka which is a type of willow. The seven shoots of the grass are also offered to Ahoi Mata and lion. The shoot of Sarai is sold during the festival especially in the small towns of India.
If grass shoots are not available then cotton buds can be used. The food items which are used in Puja include 8 Puri, 8 Pua and Halwa.
These food items are given to a Brahmin along with some money. Once upon a time, there lived a moneylender who had seven sons. To renovate her house, she decided to go to the forest to fetch some soil.
While digging the soil in the forest, she accidentally kills the young one of a lion with the spade with which she was digging the soil. The animal then curses her to a similar fate and within a year all her 7 children die.
The couple unable to tolerate the grief decide to kill themselves en route to a final pilgrimage. They keep walking till they no longer able to and fall unconscious on the ground. God, on seeing this, feels pitiful for then and makes an Akashvani asking them to go back, serve the holy cow and worship Goddess Ahoi as she was believed to be the protector of the offspring of all living beings.
The couple feeling much better, return home. They follow the divine command. When the day of Ashtami came, the wife drew the face of the young lion and observed fast and performed Goddess Ahoi fast.
She honestly repented for the sin which she had committed. Goddess Ahoi was pleased with her devotion and honesty and appeared before her and gave her the boon of fertility.
When women who do not have children fast and perform all prayers and rituals of Ahoi Ashtami, it is called Krishnashtami after God Krishna. On this day, such women who wish for a child, take bath in Radha Kund , in Mathura district , at Arunodaya, which is before sunrise. Goddess Kushmanda is worshiped, for this purpose.
Know the puja vidhi, vrat katha and timings here. 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. Puja Timings: Ashtami Tithi begins at: 21st of October morning am Ashtami Tithi ends at: 22nd of October morning am Puja muhurat: 21st October evening pm to pm.
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