Ashvin month, or Ashwina Mahina, is the seventh month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in
North India. Ashvin Mahina 2010 begins on September 24 and ends on October 23. The Krishna Paksha fortnight (waning phase of moon) of Ashvin month is known as Pitru Paksha and is dedicated to the rites and rituals associated with the dead ancestors. Navratri and Durga Puja are observed in this month.
- Ashvin Krishna Paksha is from September 24, 2010 to October 7, 2010.
- Ashvin Shukla Paksha is from October 8, 2010 to October 23, 2010.
- Ashwin Amavasya is on October 7.
- Ashwin Poornima is on October 22. - The full moon day ends on October 23. Kojagari Purnima and Sharad Purnima is on October 22.
Navratri starts on October 8.
Durga Puja Shasti is on October 13
Apart from Navrati and Durga Puja, the other important festivals and auspicious day in the month are
Indira Ekadasi – October 4
Mahalaya Shradh – October 7
Durga Ashtami Puja – October 15
Navami Puja – October 16
Vijaya Dasami and Dasara – October 17
Papakusha Ekadasi – October 18
Sharad Poornima Vrat – October 22
Kartik Snan starts – October 23
It must be noted that Ashwin in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and
Maharashtra begins on October 8, 2010 to November 6, 2010.