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Ahoi Ashtami Calendar: How To Make One At Home, Significance

Ahoi Ahstami is a Hindu festival celebrated every year on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon in the Hindu calendar) during the month of Kartik (October or November). This year, according to Drikpanchang, Ahoi Ashtami will be celebrated on November 5, 2023 (Sunday). 

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Ahoi Ashtami falls eight days before Diwali Puja and four days are Karwa Chauth according to Hindu Calendar. For ages now, mothers fast all day long for the well-being of their children. Women break their fast in the evening after sighting stars in the sky. 

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Ahoi puja vidhi is incomplete without the puja calendar. A lot of women get puja calendars from the market, place them in their temple, and perform puja. However, if you have trouble finding an Ahoi Ashtami calendar near you, you can make it at home. 

How To Make Ahoi Ashtami Calendar At Home?

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We spoke to Astro expert Sonia Malik and asked her to share a quick guide to making the Ahoi calendar at home. She said, “Take a plain sheet of paper, get a yellow one if possible, it is considered auspicious. Make a house using a red pen. Make a sun, trees, and fireworks around the house. Below the house, make an image of a mother with kids. The image can depict the number of kids you have or want to have. A lot of women who aren’t able to conceive also fast on this day. Write full names of all the children in the home.”

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“Once the calendar is ready, place it in the temple and decorate it with flowers. Apply tilak (vermillion) on the house, it is believed to be Ahoi mata. Keep this calendar in your temple till the next Ahoi Ashtami and replace it with a new one.”

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Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha

There are many legends associated with Ahoi Ashtami but the most popular one is the legend of a mother and her seven sons. According to the legend, a woman decided to decorate her house for Diwali celebrations. For the same, she went to the forest to get some soil and other essentials. While digging in the soil, she accidentally killed a lion cub. She felt guilty for killing the cub. A year after this incident, all her seven sons disappeared. Her villagers believed that her sons were dead and killed by some wild animals in the forest. The mother went into depression and felt that it all happened because she killed the lion’s cub. (Ahoi Ashtami: Significance of Syau Mala Tradition)

She once told the entire lion cub incident to an old lady in the village. She advised her to pray to Goddess Ahoi Bhagawati, who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The old woman told her that to seek forgiveness for her mistake, she should pray to the Goddess who is believed to be the protector of all offsprings of living beings. 

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The woman worshiped Goddess Ahoi on Ashtami and asked for forgiveness for her mistake. Seeing her devotion, Maa Ahoi granted her seven sons a long life. Soon her seven sons got back home. From that day onwards, mothers worship Goddess Ahoi every year on the day of Ashtami during Kartik month.