Hindu festival Ahoi Ashtami which comes three days after Karawa Chauth will be celebrated on Thursday this year. The Ahoi Ashtami is celebrated to cherish the relationship of mother and son, 7 days prior to the festival of light which is Diwali. It is celebrated on the 8th day of The Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. On Ahoi Ashtami, mothers are supposed to keep a day-long fast and offer prayers to Goddess Ahoi or Ahoi Mata for the well-being of their sons. Just like Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami is also mainly celebrated in north-western part of India. The festival involves a number of rituals and traditions that are performed by the mothers during the entire day.
Ahoi Ashtami vidhi:
On this auspicious day, mothers begin the day with early morning puja, where they pray to Goddess Ahoi for the well being and long life and good health of their children. They promise to keep Goddess Ahoi happy by keeping fast for their children. As Goddess Parvati is the one who prevents mishaps and acts as a shield for her children when trouble comes, they worship Goddess Parvati. A picture of Goddess Ahoi is drawn on a wall with ‘geru’ mitti along with the picture of ‘syahu’ and her seven sons. A bowl of rice, reddish, water chestnut, is kept in front of the idol of Goddess Ahoi with a earthen lamp and recite ‘path’ or ’katha’. While reading and listening to the ‘katha’, rice is held in the hands and is tied in a saree or dupatta after it ends.
During the time of morning puja, water is kept in a ‘lota’ (water container) on top of which a karwa, which was used during karwa chauth is placed with water. The water in the karwa is sprinkled in the whole on top of which a karwa, which was used during karwa chauth is placed with water. The water in the karwa is sprinkled in the whole house on Diwali. The paintings which are made in the morning are worshiped in the evening. The water in the ‘lota’ is along with rice is sprinkled to the stars.