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Once there was a woman who had seven sons and one daughter. They all were married. One day all her daughters-in-law went to the forest to collect soil for renovation of the hut. Her daughter was also with them. While they were all digging, the daughter’s trowel fell over an offspring of a Saiyuh. Inconsolable at the loss of her child, the Saiyuh cursed the daughter and said that she would not be able to conceive ever.

The daughter pleaded the Saiyuh for forgiveness as it was an unintentional act. Saiyuh could not reverse her curse but she said she could transfer it to someone who would take it willingly. The daughter requested all her sisters–in–law. The youngest of all accepted to take the curse. With the course of time, everyone got children except the youngest daughter–in–law.

She took the advice of a priest and served a Surayi in the shed. Surayi was the friend of Saiyuh. When she was pleased with the service of the lady, she asked for her wish. The daughter-in-law immediately narrated the incidence and requested her to ask Saiyuh to free her from the curse. Surayi agreed and they both went to Saiyuh.

On the way, the lady saved the child of Garuda who was so pleased that he carried them both and flew to Saiyuh. On the request of Surayi and Garuda, Saiyuh gave the solution to the curse. She advised the daughter-in-law to pray to Ahoi Mata, fast and make a seven-sided yarn for her. She asked her to break her fast only after worshipping Ahoi Mata and sighting stars in the evening. Following this advice, she was blessed with seven sons and remained happy and prosperous.

Significance of Ahoi Ashtami

According to the tradition, this vrat is observed by mothers of sons only. This vrat is significant for their well-being and prosperity. Mothers pray for good health, long life, education and prosperity of their sons.

Ganesha wishes a healthy and happy life for all your children – girl or boy!

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Vidhi

Every mother yearns for the best life for her child. Ahoi Ashtami falls on the eighth day of Kartik month, or it is the fourth day after Karva Chauth. Ahoi Ashtami is observed 8 days before the Diwali festival in the month of Karthik. Ahoi Ashtami is also known as Ahoi Aathe and Karwathe.

Women break this fast after sighting of stars. They fast from dawn to dusk. Some women break the fast after a sighting of the moon. For this, mothers observe the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat and follow its ritual or Puja Vidhi with vigor and zeal.

  • Mothers wake up early morning before the sun rises and gets ready.
  • They draw a picture of Ahoi Mata with seven sons, on a wall.
  • A clean bowl is filled with water and its edges are smeared with turmeric powder. This bowl is tied with kalava or sacred red thread and kept on the left side of the picture.
  • Grains are placed on a plate and kept in front of the picture.
  • Mothers worship this picture and listen to the Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha.
  • Then they have their food, after which they should not consume anything till dusk.
  • In the evening, mothers prepare Halwa and Puri for prasad.
  • After this, all the mothers of the family gather near the picture of Ahoi Mata.
  • They make one painting each for their children and stick some halwa over it.
  • They worship Ahoi Mata and recite the Arti.
  • In the evening, the mothers worship the stars, offer water and prasad and open the fast.