Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha: Ahoi Ashtami is a significant Hindu fast observed on the Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha in the Kartik month, according to the Vedic calendar. In 2023, Ahoi Ashtami will be observed on November 5th. This special day holds great importance for mothers as they keep a waterless fast to ensure the safety and happiness of their children.
The Significance of Ahoi Ashtami Fast
Ahoi Ashtami fast is deeply rooted in Hindu tradition and is a day of devotion and prayer for mothers. They observe this fast with the hope of securing a bright future for their offspring. The rituals on this day involve worshiping Ahoi Mata and listening to the fast’s story or Vrat Katha. It is believed that by reciting the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha, one can alleviate various sorrows and pains.
The Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha
The Ahoi Ashtami fast story revolves around a moneylender who lived in a city with his family, which included seven sons, one daughter, and daughters-in-law. Just before the Diwali festival, the moneylender’s daughter, accompanied by her sisters-in-law, ventured into the forest to collect soil. Tragically, while digging the soil, a child of a blacksmith lost his life due to a spade. Overwhelmed by sorrow, the blacksmith’s mother placed a curse on the moneylender’s daughter, preventing her from ever becoming a mother.
This curse deeply saddened the moneylender’s daughter, who then appealed to her sisters-in-law to allow one of them to conceive. The younger sister-in-law agreed, but a peculiar curse took effect: every child born to her would survive for only seven days. This ongoing tragedy prompted the family to seek advice from a priest.
The priest’s counsel was to serve the Surhi cow. The family diligently followed this advice, and in return, Surhi cow bestowed her blessings. While taking Surhi cow to Syahu’s mother, a snake threatened to harm Garuda’s baby. The moneylender’s daughter-in-law bravely killed the snake and saved Garuda’s baby. News of this courageous act reached Syahu’s mother, who, moved by the selfless service, blessed the younger daughter-in-law with the ability to become the mother of seven children. This blessing marked the beginning of her joyous and fulfilling life.
Reciting this Ahoi Ashtami fast story is believed to bring special benefits, making it a cherished tradition on this auspicious day.