The Significance of Ahoi Ashtami

When is it celebrated?

Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated four days after Karwa Chauth and eight days before Diwali.

This year the festival is being celebrated on Thursday, 28 October 2021.

According to the Hindu Purnimant calendar, it falls in the month of Kartik, while according to the Amanta calendar followed in South India, it falls in the month of Ashwin.

While the name of the months differs, the Ahoi Ashtami festival falls on the same day across India.

Ahoi Ashtami Traditions

Ahoi Ashtami is similar to Karwa Chauth as women abstain from consuming food and water throughout the day. The fast is broken after the sighting of the stars in the sky. Ahoi Ashtami is also called as ‘Ahoi Aathe’ as the fasting is during the eighth day of the month.

Method Of Worship

A variety of traditional food is prepared for the rituals of the Ahoi Puja. Ahoi Puja is observed in the evening and mothers break their fast after the sighting of stars in the sky.

Devotees of Ahoi Mata also draw a picture of Ahoi Mata/Ahoi Bhagwati on the wall and offer food to the goddess as ‘Prasad, ‘ a devotional offering.

Puja Time:

The Ahoi Ashtami Mahurat is between 05:39 PM to 06:56 PM, when the main rituals are performed.