The festival of Ahoi Ashtami is very famous, this Ahoi festival is also known as Aathe because this fast is celebrated on Ashtami Tithi, which is the eighth day of the month. Ahoi Ashtami fasting day falls four days after Karva Chauth and eight days before Diwali Puja. Ahoi Ashtami is more famous in North India than Karva Chauth. The day of Ahoi Ashtami is also known as Ahoi Aathen as this fast is observed during Ashtami Tithi, which is the eighth day of the month. In this festival, mothers observe this fast for the well-being and longevity of their boys. This festival is specially celebrated in North India.
The festival of Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami date of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. In the year 2021, Ahoi Ashtami falls on Thursday, 28 October. Also the Puja Muhurat of Ahoi Ashtami is 05:40 PM to 06:57 PM.
The preparations for Ahoi Ashtami Puja have to be done before sunset.
- First of all, the picture of Ahoi Mata is on the wall. Due to the date of Ashtami in the picture of Ahoi Mata, there should be eight corners of eight brackets. Sehi or her child should be depicted in the picture.
- A sacred urn filled with water should be placed on the left side of the picture of Mata Ahoi on a wooden post. Moli is tied on the Kalash by making a swastika symbol.
- After this, a cooked meal consisting of Puri, Halwa, and Pua, also known as Vayan, should be offered to Ahoi Mata. Grains like jowar or raw food (straight) should also be offered to the mother in worship.
- The eldest lady of the family reads the Ahoi Ashtami fasting story to all the women of the family. While listening to the story, all women should keep seven grains of grain in their hands.
- Ahoi Ashtami Aarti is performed at the end of the puja.
- In some communities, Ahoi Mata of silver which is also called Syau is made and worshiped. After worship, it is tied in a thread with two silver beads and worn like a garland around the neck.
- After the completion of the puja, women offer Argha to the moon or stars from the sacred Kalash as per the tradition of their family. Ahoi Mata's fast ends with the sight of stars or after moonrise.
On the festival of Ahoi Ashtami, mothers observe a fast for the welfare of their sons. Traditionally this fast was kept only for sons, but nowadays this fast is kept for the welfare of all their children. Mothers worship Ahoi Mata with great enthusiasm and pray for the long, healthy, and happy life of their children. The fast is ended by looking at the stars or the moon and worshiping it. This fast is important for childless couples or women who are unable to conceive or women who have miscarried, they should observe Ahoi Mata fast to get a son. For this reason, this day is also known as Krishna Ashtami. On this day a large number of couples and devotees come to take holy baths in Radha Kund of Mathura.
The legend of celebrating this festival is that a woman had seven sons. One day she went to the forest to fetch soil. Sehi's child inadvertently died while digging the soil, due to which Sehi cursed the woman. After this, all the seven sons of that woman died within a few years. He realized that it was the result of a curse given by Sehi. To get back his sons, he worshiped Ahoi Mata and fasted for six days. The mother was pleased with his prayer and gave him seven sons again.