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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Happy Ahoi Ashtami / Ahoi Aathe Vrat Vidhan vidhi, katha, Aarti and Images....................109413


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-::- Happy Ahoi Ashtami / Ahoi Aathe -::- Tithi : Ashtami / Hindu Purnimanta Month : Kartik / Hindu Amanta Month : Ashwin / Krishna Paksha 






On Ahoi Ashtami mothers hold a fast from dawn to dusk for the well-being of their sons. Fast is broken during twilight after sighting stars in the sky. (Some women break the fast after sighting the moon but it might be difficult to follow as the moon rises late in the night on Ahoi Ashtami.) Ahoi Ashtami fasting day falls approximately eight days before Diwali Puja and four days after Karwa Chauth. Similar to Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami is more popular in North India. This day is also known as Ahoi Aathe because fasting for Ahoi Ashtami is done during Ashtami Tithi which is the eighth day of the month. Most women in the neighborhood gather for the puja in the afternoon or an hour or so before sunset for the Ahoi Puja. A painting of Ahoi mata is made on the wall or a picture or idol is placed in the Puja room. Water in a pitcher or bowl or jug is placed on the left of the picture of Ahoi mata.An untwisted red colored thread is wrapped around the bowl of water and the edges are smeared with turmeric and kumkum powder.Locally available Grains are placed on a tray or plate and are kept in front of the picture of Ahoi mata.Prasad or food offerings that are made are also placed in front of the idol. The Prasad made include pooris, halwa, sweets, boiled channa or jowar.Some people also place the money intended to be distributed before the photo of Ahoi Mata. The money is given to children or the poor after the puja. 
There is also an important tradition of making garland using coins or currency notes by some families. Some people make garland using something very unique that is found in the region or something that is important to the family. Some families also have the tradition of making a garland with silver coins or small silver balls. They keep adding to this garland when a child is born in the family or a son gets married. Every year the Ahoi Mata picture is adorned with this garland and this tradition is passed on to future generations. Some people make a new garland each year; others make a new garland if something highly auspicious happened in the family during the year. Once all the puja items are ready, women listen to the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat katha from an elderly lady. Those mothers doing the puja either listen to the story on audio or CD or read the story. Once the star "Dhuruva Tara" is spotted, an aarti is performed before the portrait of Ahoi Mata. Women pray for a couple of minutes or mediate before Ahoi Mata. They pray for the well being and long life of their children. The fast is broken by eating some Prasad. The Prasad is also shared with family members, children and neighbours. Many stories are associated with this festival which relate to asking for wish and blessings for their sons. Once upon a time, there lived a woman in a village. She had seven sons. One day she went to the forest to bring soil for the renovation and painting of her home (this was in the month of kartik just before the Hindu festival Deepawali). She started digging soil with axe nearby a den. Suddenly the woman's axe fell on the cub in the den and the cub died. The woman felt very sorry and sympathetic. She took soil from the forest and came back. Few days later, all her seven sons died within a year. She was very sad. One day she narrated her woes to old ladies in her village, she was crying and told them that she didn't commit the sin and it happened unintentionally. She narrated to the ladies that once when she was digging for the soil in the forest her axe fell on the cub and thereafter within a year all my seven sons died. The ladies appreciated for confessing her guilt and then these ladies told that by confessing the sin she has atoned her half of the sin. They suggested the woman to pray the goddess Ashtami Bhagwati by sketching the face of the cub. By the grace of god your sin will cast off. The woman kept fast on the Kartik Krishna Ashtami and then onwards she started praying and keeping fast regularly. By the power of her prayer the God's grace showered and she could get back her all seven son. Since then, it became a ritual to worship the goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagwati religiously every year. Once upon a time there was a potter family. They had two brothers, whose families lived in one house. One day, the younger brother asked his wife to dig up and bring clay pots for a pre-Diwali market. While digging, she accidentally killed 7 baby foxes with her spade. Their mother came out, very angry. She laid a curse on the potter family "your family will die, because you have killed mine". The woman cried, asking the foxes forgiveness, "I will do anything you want, but please spare my family". The fox said, "you will have to give me seven of your children, as they are born, as a compensation". The woman agreed and returned home feeling very sad. Following this incident, whenever she had a child, she took it and gave it to the mother fox. Every year on Hoi Ashtami, all other women of the house celebrated and everyone was happy, except her. One day, a sage came to their house and told her that if she prayed to Hoi mata with full devotion, she may be able to reverse the curse put upon her by the fox. The next year, the woman fasted and prayed with complete devotion. Hoi mata was pleased. She requested the mother fox to return the woman's children, she has suffered enough. Fox agreed and returned the woman& children. Her family was complete. Once again her home was filled with the noise and laughter of children. 

 Maa Ahoi AArti Jai Ahoi Mata Jai Ahoi Mata. Tumko Nisdin Dhyavat Hari Vishnu Dhata II Jai... Brahamni Rudrani Kamla tu he hai Jag Datta. Surya Chandrama Dhyavat Narad Rishi Gatta II Jai... Mata Roop Niranjan Sukh Sampatti Datta. Jo koi Tumko Dhyavat Nit Mangal Patta. II Jai... Tu he hai Pataal Basanti tu he hai Sukh Datta. Karma Prabhav Prakashak Jagniddhi se Trata II Jai... Jis Ghar Tharo Vaas wahi mein Gunna atta. Kar na sake soi kar le Mann nahi Ghabrata II Jai... Tum bin Sukh na hovay Putra na koi Patta. Khan-Paan ka vaibhav tum bin nahi atta II Jai... Subh gun Sundar Yukta Sheer Niddhi Jatta. Ratan Chaturdarsh tokun koi nahi Patta II Jai... Shree Ahoi Ma ki Aarti jo koi gatta. Ur Umang Atti Upjay Paap Uttar Jatta II Jai... Om Shree Ahoidevibhyon Namah With Best Wishes & Love as always
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2 comments:

  1. आज अहोई-अष्टमी, दिन है कितना खास।
    जिसमें पुत्रों के लिए, होते हैं उपवास।।

    दुनिया में दम तोड़ता, मानवता का वेद।
    बेटा-बेटी में बहुत, जननी करती भेद।।

    पुरुषप्रधान समाज में, नारी का अपकर्ष।
    अबला नारी का भला, कैसे हो उत्कर्ष।।

    बेटा-बेटी के लिए, समता के हों भाव।
    मिल-जुलकर मझधार से, पार लगाओ नाव।।

    एक पर्व ऐसा रचो, जो हो पुत्री पर्व।
    व्रत-पूजन के साथ में, करो स्वयं पर गर्व।।

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  2. nirupama varma
    Shared privately - Yesterday 15:52

    अहोई अष्टमी का व्रत .....पुत्रों के लिए मताए करती हैं उपवास ---
    जब मैंने एस व्रत को करने से इंकार किया था ......मेरी पहली संतान पुत्री होने के बाद जब पहली अहोई अष्टमी पड़ी , तो मेरी सासू माँ ने मुझे इसका व्रत रखने से मना कर दिया था ...उनका कहना था , ये उपवास केवल पुत्रवती माता ही रखती है . इसके बाद जब मेरी दूसरी संतान बेटा हुआ ..तब सासू माँ ने कहा ..अब तुम ये व्रत रख सकती हो ...क्योंकि तुम्हारे बेटा हुआ है ....लेकिन मैंने अपनी सासू माँ से मना कर दिया था ----मैंने उनसे कहा ---जितनी तकलीफ पुत्र के जन्म के लिए मैंने उठाई , उतना ही कष्ट बेटी के लिए भी सहा ...जो व्रत मै बेटी के लिए नहीं कर सकती , वह बेटे के लिए हरगिज नहीं करुँगी . तब से आज तक अहोई अष्टमी का व्रत मै नहीं करती ....बेहद नाराजगी झेलने के बाद भी मै अपने इस निर्णय से नहीं हटी ....आज इस बात को लगभग 30 वर्ष हो गए .....मुझे ख़ुशी है ..मैंने पुत्र - पुत्री में कोई भेदभाव नहीं किया .

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