Hoi Ashtami, or Ahoi Astami Vrat, is a fast and puja day observed by mothers of the welfare of their children in the month of Kartik in
North India as per traditional Hindu calendar. In 2013, the date of Ahoi Ashtami Puja and Vrat is October 26 in most regions in North India. It falls on the eighth day of dark fortnight in Kartik month. The Puja and Vrat is dedicated to Ahoi Mata or Goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagavati. Ashtami is the eighth day after new moon or full moon in the traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
Goddess Ahoi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and rural legends suggest that she protects offspring of all living beings.
Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha or legend narrates the tale of a mother who lost seven sons. She had accidentally killed a lion cub in the forest and due to this sin she lost her seven sons. But by praying to Goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagavati, she was able to get back all the seven sons.
Ahoi Ashtami fasting is from sunrise to the sighting of the moon. Some people end fast when the first star is seen on the day.
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