Ahoi Ashtami is one of the most important festivals dedicated to mothers. Celebrated on October 12, the eighth day of Kartik month as per Hindu calendar, on Ahoi Ashtami mothers observe a day long fast to ensure a prosperous and healthy life of their children. Just like Karwa Chauth, even on this day, ladies observe a fast for the entire day without even having water and end it at night after sighting stars in the sky. Similar to that of Karwa Chauth festival, even on this day, women wake up early morning and have Sargi.
According to Jansatta.com, on this day, women draw a photo of Ahoi Mata on the wall or buy poster of Goddess Ahoi to celebrate Ahoi Ashtami. A container of water is placed in front of the poster along with a moli (red thread) which is tied around the pitcher. One end of the moli is dipped in turmeric. Swastika is also drawn on the pitcher using red sindoor. Rice and milk are offered to Ahoi Mata which is then followed by reading story of Maa Ahoi.
This story talks about a woman who lived in a village and had seven sons, according to Jansatta.com. One day the woman was digging soil somewhere in a forest with an axe and suddenly her axe fell into a cave and killed a cub sleeping inside. Post the incident, all her seven sons died one after the other. Other ladies in the village advised her to pray and do fast of Ahoi Mata by drawing her impression on the wall. After performing the suggested rituals for continuous seven years, all her seven sons returned back.
Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat = 17:50 to 19:06
Duration = 1 Hour 15 Mins
Sanjh (time for sighting stars) = 18:18
Moonrise on Ahoi Ashtami = 23:53