Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ahoi Ashtami - Dedication Of Mother’s Love

Ahoi Ashtami in 2013 is on 26 October. On this day, mothers observe fast for the well being of their sons. Goddess Ahoi, an avatar of Goddess Parvati is worshipped on this day. Read on to know more about Ahoi Ashtami.

 Ahoi AshtamiAhoi Ashtami vrat is observed 8 days prior to Diwali festival on Karthik Krishna Paksha Ashtami. Ahoi Ashtami is also known by the names Ahoi Aathe or Karwathe. Like Karva chauth this vrat is also broken after sighting of the Moon; however, some opt for sighting of the stars too, if sighting the Moon becomes difficult. 

Ahoi Ashtami Puja Ritual 

  • Firstly, a picture of Ahoi Mata is painted on the wall, pictures and Ahoi mata calendars can also be used. 
  • Next, a red colored thread is wrapped around the bowl of water, whose edge is smeared with turmeric powder. 
  • This water bowl is placed on the left side of the Mata’s picture, then an elderly lady should recite the Ahoi mata story. 
  • Essential Grains are kept on a plate and placed in front of the Picture. 
  • The food or prasad prepared on this day are puris, halwa, jowar and boiled channa. 
  • Money offering is also kept in front of Mata picture which is later distributed along with the prasad among the children and women. 

Procedure To Be Followed For Fast

  • Mothers should wake up early morning (preferably before sunrise), take bath and have some refreshments. 
  • Then set up the puja items and picture and offer prayers to Ahoi mata. 
  • Food should not be consumed all day, some even go without consuming water.
  • In the evening Goddess ahoi is worshipped and Vrat katha is read.
  • Aarti is performed and the prasad and money is distributed among family members. 
  • Mother’s fast is broken after the sighting of the stars or Moon.

Aarti of Goddess Ahoi

जय अहोई माता, जय अहोई माता!
तुमको निसदिन ध्यावत हर विष्णु विधाता। टेक।।
ब्राहमणी, रुद्राणी, कमला तू ही है जगमाता।
सूर्य-चंद्रमा ध्यावत नारद ऋषि गाता।। जय।।
माता रूप निरंजन सुख-सम्पत्ति दाता।।
जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत नित मंगल पाता।। जय।।
तू ही पाताल बसंती, तू ही है शुभदाता।
कर्म-प्रभाव प्रकाशक जगनिधि से त्राता।। जय।।
जिस घर थारो वासा वाहि में गुण आता।।
कर न सके सोई कर ले मन नहीं धड़काता।। जय।।
तुम बिन सुख न होवे न कोई पुत्र पाता।
खान-पान का वैभव तुम बिन नहीं आता।। जय।।
शुभ गुण सुंदर युक्ता क्षीर निधि जाता।
रतन चतुर्दश तोकू कोई नहीं पाता।। जय।।
श्री अहोई माँ की आरती जो कोई गाता। उर उमंग अति उपजे पाप उतर जाता।। जय।।

May the Mother Goddess bless one and all.

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