Ahoi Ashtami ~ अहोई अष्टमी in the Year 2020 will be Celebrated on Sunday, 08 November 2020
The fast of Ahoi Ashtami is also known with the name of Ahoi Aathe. This Vrat is observed on Ashtami Tithi(eighth day) of Kartik Masa by the women having a child. Fast of Ahoi Ashtami is especially for aspiring for a child's long life. One thing is to be paid attention, regarding this Vrat. It is observed on the day on which Diwali is falling.
Method of Ahoi Ashtami Fast :
This fast is observed to keep up the good luck of the child. Hence, only mothers have this fast. As per a belief, this day is considered as the beginning of Diwali festival week. The mothers observing this fast, wake up early in the morning keep water in a utensil made of mud(Kora Karawa).
They worship Goddess Ahoi. They fast for the whole day and do not eat anything. In the evening Goddess Ahoi is offered fruits and worshiped again. And, Ahoi is worshiped in the evening when stars come out in the sky. Stars are offered the pure water stored in Karawa.
And, Ahoi is made on a wall with a wheatish color. Which is worshiped in the evening? Something sweet is prepared and offered to the Goddess, then water is drunk from the hands of a child, completing the fast. A detailed method of this Vrat is as follows.
Detailed Procedure of Ahoi Ashtami Vrat :
Mothers observing this fast should wake up early in the morning, to take bath and do worship with a wish of her child’s longevity and enriched life. And, they pray to Goddess Ahoi that O mother Ahoi, I am keeping this fast for my child's growth, good luck and long life, so, please give me the energy to complete this fast.
And, saying this, they should take the resolution for this fast. As per a belief, observing this fast increases the longevity of the child and bestow him with good health and happiness. Additionally, Goddess Parvati is worshiped. Because she also the protector of the child.
Women observing the fast should avoid getting angry on this day. And, bring bad thoughts to mind, on the day of fasting reduced the goodness of Vrat. Also, on the day of fast, women should not sleep in the day time.
To worship Goddess Ahoi, her picture should be made with wheatish color. This picture displays, Goddess, lion and the seven sons. In the evening time, these images or pictures are worshiped. After worship, the story of Goddess Ahoi is heard. Then, blessing is taken by touching feet of father and mother in law as well as other elders of the family.
The fast is ended when stars come out in the sky. The Aarti is performed for stars. After this, the fast is completed by drinking water from the hands of a child.
Ahoi Ashtami Fast Story :
As per the story of Ahoi Ashtami, there lived a moneylender in some cities. He had seven sons. Only seven days were left for Diwali's arrival, so cleaning work was going own in the house. For this, his wife went near the river to bring some mud for painting the house.
The place she was digging to get mud, had a den of cub, nearby. One of the cubs was killed by the spade of the lady. Seeing this, the wife of the moneylender got upset. Mournfully she went back home. By the curse of cub, moneylenders elder son died. Then his second son died, followed by the third one. Within a year's time, all his children were dead.
The lady started living depressed because all her sons were dead. One day, while crying she narrated her story to the nearby living ladies, that she did not do the sin knowingly. Accidentally, the cub child got killed by her. After this, all my seven sons died. Listening to this, an old lady in her neighborhood consoled her. And told her, the repentance you have done has cleaned half of your sin.
On the day of Ahoi Ashtami, you should take the shelter of Goddess Bhagwati and draw the face of cub and her children. Worship them and ask for apologies, this will be fruitful for you. By God's grace, your sin will be washed off. Wife of a moneylender, followed the words of that old lady and kept fast on Ashtami Tith of Krishna Paksha of Kartik Mas.
Then, she worshiped Goddess Ahoi and followed this procedure every year. With time she conceived seven sons. From that time, the tradition of Ahoi fast began.
Aarti of Goddess Ahoi :
जय अहोई माता, जय अहोई माता। तुमको निसदिन ध्यावत हर विष्णु विधाता ।। टेक ।।
ब्राहमणी, रुद्राणी, कमला तू ही है जगमाता। सूर्य चंद्रमा ध्यावत नारद ऋषि गाता ।। जय ।।
माता रूप निरंजन सुख-सम्पत्ति दाता। जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत नित मंगल पाता ।। जय ।।
तू ही पाताल बसंती, तू ही है शुभदाता। कर्म प्रभाव प्रकाशक जगनिधि से त्राता ।। जय ।।
जिस घर थारो वासा वाहि में गुण आता। कर न सके सोई कर ले मन नहीं धड़काता ।। जय ।।
तुम बिन सुख न होवे न कोई पुत्र पाता। खान पान का वैभव तुम बिन नहीं आता ।। जय ।।
शुभ गुण सुंदर युक्ता क्षीर निधि जाता। रतन चतुर्दश तोकू कोई नहीं पाता ।। जय ।।
श्री अहोई माँ की आरती जो कोई गाता। उर उमंग अति उपजे पाप उतर जाता ।। जय ।।
Udyapan(Conclusion) of Ahoi Ashtami Vrat :
The lady who does not have a son or her son is not getting married should necessarily do Udyapan of this fast. For this, in a plate, four Puri with Halwa are kept at seven places.
Additionally, yellow-colored sari, blouse, and money is offered to the mother in law. Her mother in law should keep the outfit with her and distributed the eatables that is Halwa, Puri among the neighbors. Or, send it to the house of some other girl.