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Ahoi Ashtami, a festival celebrated with great fervor and frolic in many parts of North India, is actually a fast observed by mothers for the well-being of their children. It is celebrated in the Karthik month according to the Hindi Calendar (precisely after the 8th day after full moon) and the fasting and Puja done during Ahoi Ashtmi is dedicated to Goddess Ahoi. All the rituals are fairly similar to the very popular festival ‘Karwa Chauth’ with the only difference being that here a mother keeps a fast for their children rather than a wife observing it for a husband.

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According to the story of Ahoi Ashtami, this fast was kept only by mothers bearing sons , but in today’s modern age this belief is modified and mothers regardless of bearing son or daughter keeps a day long fast for better future of their children. The legend says that a woman living in a village accidentally killed a cub in nearby den while she was in the forest collecting soil for renovating her house during Diwali. The women even though felt extremely guilty and sad, returned home after collecting soil. She was mother of seven sons and all of them died the next year, which made her realize that this was a punishment for what happened with the cub and taking advice from the villagers she started worshipping Ashtami Bhagwati and observed a fast regularly and eventually got back all his seven sons. This is the background around which the festival of Ahoi Ashtami revolves and mothers till this day believe that by worshiping Goddess Ahoi their children would be able to lead a long, healthy life. The proceedings of the festival include the fast kept by mothers after offering their payers and breaking the fast by seeing moon or more popularly the stars in the sky. The festival is celebrated by many women seated together and recital of story of Ahoi Ashtami by an elderly woman before a picture of Ma Ahoi and a bowl of water. Offerings include sweets, grains, halwa, chana etc. which is presented to Ma Ahoi first and then to children.

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This festival embarks a special bond that a mother and her children share. It celebrates and respects the hardships that a mother is ready to undergo for her child. Most importantly, this festival reflects the power in mothers love, the fact that she can go to any extent to save her child and her unconditional love is so pure that it can fight any evil in the world. So, regardless of anyone celebrating this festival, it is a tribute to all mothers and a reminder for children to respect and love their mother unconditionally. A happy Ahoi Ashtami to everyone from Schoolgully! We love you moms.

 

Author: Suhani Jain

 

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