Ahoi Ashtami: Celebrated ahead of Diwali for wellbeing of children

Similar to Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami is a popular festival celebrated in North India. Earlier, mothers used to fast from dawn to dusk for the well-being of their sons. 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.

Ahoi Ashtami 2020 date: November  8, 2020

Ahoi Ashtami significance:  According to a popular belief, the puja came to be observed when a woman accidentally ended up killing a sleeping lion club in the month of Kartik when she was digging some soil in a nearby forest.  Soon, her seven sons started dying one by one and by the year-end, she lost all of them. She was then advised by the villagers to pray to Ahoy Ashtami Bhagwati by drawing the face of a lion cub and offering prayers to it. She did this continuously for seven years and by the grace of the Goddess, her seven sons came back to life.

Ahoi Ashtami Puja Vidhi: During puja, there is an interesting and fun-filled ritual, where the mother throws the home-made sweets (tuntunae-munmunae, a funny and kiddish name, especially kept for little children to attract) and invites all her children to compete and asks them to grab the maximum. Children feel involved and enjoy this play during puja. (Source: newsd.in)

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