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Asvina Month – Introduction, Meaning, Significance

Worshipping Lord Vishnu is grand during Agrahayana Month

Asvina month is one of the prominent months in the Hindu calendar. In the Lunisolar calendar of Hindu origin, Ashvini is the first star appearing in the sky during the evenings. In other words, it is the first Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. It signifies divine twins, the gods of vision and the significance of ayurvedic medicine. It’s also the sign of eternal glow of sunrise and sunset.

It also signifies the aversion of misfortune and sickness. Famous as the Thai version of Ashwin, Asvina also signifies the warrior that is popular as a knight.

The Importance of Asvina Month

This month is a very prominent month of the Hindu calendar. The spirits of our ancestors descend to earth to receive the favour of good deeds of people. It’s also the time to offer worship to the deities to taste success and experience salvation. The clear sky and blooming lotuses are also significant during this month.

Indira Ekadashi during Asvina Month
Depiction of Indira Ekadashi

Devotees believe that Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi perform a celestial dance. Hence, this is why its an ideal month for making love.

Prominent Festivals of Asvina Masa

The Month of Asvina also marks the prominence of famous festivals and religious celebrations. Every single festival showcases the power and bear fruits of endless devotion to the deities. The festivals include:

Pitru Paksha

The first day of Pitru Paksha is the beginning of the time where Hindus pay homage to their ancestors. Most often, this is undertaken through food offerings.

Indira Ekadashi

This auspicious occasion is also one of the twenty four Ekadashi vrats. So, devotees observe it to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

Sarvapitru Amavasya

Hindus consider this to be the most significant day of Pitru Paksha that also happens to be the last day. This day is also famous as Sarvapitri Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya.

Jivitputrika Vrat

During this significant fasting day, mothers observe Nirjala fasting for the entire day and night. They do this to ensure the well-being of their children.

Durga Ashtami Celebration in Asvina
Durga Ashtami Celebration

Shardiya Navratri

Shardiya Navratri is the most popular and also the most significant Navratri among all Navratris. Hence, in asvina month, it’s also famous as Maha Navratri.

Saraswati Avahan

This auspicious occasion is the first day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri. Avahan literally means invocation of Goddess Saraswati.

Saraswati Puja

This occasion falls on the second day of Saraswati Puja during Navratri Puja. Devotees also call it Saraswati Pradhan Puja day.

Durga Ashtami

Durga Ashtami famously refers to as Maha Ashtami. Hence, Hindus consider this day as one of the most auspicious days of the Durga Puja festival.

Maha Navami

The nine days of Durga Puja festivity concludes with Maha Navami. The chief Navami Puja begins on completion of Sandhi Puja.

Dussehra Procession during Asvina month
Dussehra Procession

Dussehra

Vijayadashami or Dussehra is one of the most famous and also one of the grandest festivals of Hindu religion. Its celebration in asvina month also signifies the victory of Lord Rama over the Demon Ravana. This festival is also the mark of triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo Demon Mahishasura.

Papankusha Ekadashi

Papankusha Ekadashi is yet another Ekadashi among the twenty four Ekadashi vrats. Hence, devotees observe this vrat again to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

Sharad Purnima

Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year, as per the devotees, when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kalas.

Lalita Panchami

Lalita Panchami is a fasting day for devotees of Goddess Lalita. It is also famous as Upang Lalita Vrat.

Kojagara Puja

Lakshmi Puja on Purnima Tithi marks the famosu Kojagara Puja. It’s common name is Bengal Lakshmi Puja.

Sharad Purnima Celebration in Asvina
Sharad Purnima Celebration

Asvina Month Significance

This month carries names like Aswayuja and overlaps during September and October. It’s also important to note that it precedes Diwali to Tihar. Both are also famous for the festival of lights. According to the Lunar religious calendar, the month of Asvina begins on the onset of the new moon after the autumn equinox.

The Conclusion

Asvina month is a prominent month in the Hindu calendar. It also brings devotees together to celebrate various festivals. It’s also the time where good deeds of devotees reap fruits and make for a fulfilling life. Hence, the month signifies peace, harmony and contributes to overall well being. It also helps create prosperous times ahead.