Ashwin mahina or Ashwin month is the seventh month in Marathi calendar of Maharashtra. In 2016, Marathi Ashwin month or Ashwin month starts on October 1 and ends on October 30.
Marathi Ashwin mahina begins with Sharad Navratri Kalash Sthapana and ends with Diwali Amavasya. Navratri is the most popular and biggest festival celebrated for nine festive nights in Maharashtra. Shaktipeeth temples in Maharashtra – Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple, Tuljapur Tulja Bhavani temple, Mahur Renuka Mata Temple (Ekaveerika Devi), and Jwalamukhi (Saptashringi Mata) temple in Saptashrungi celebrate Navratri in grand manner.
Another major festival in Marathi Ashwin month is Kojagari Lakshmi Puja on Sharad Poornima or Ashwin Purnima. Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated with utmost devotion and pomp in Maharashtra.
Shukla Paksha in Marathi Ashwin Mahina 2016 begins on October 1 and ends on 16 October.
Krishna Paksha in Ashwin Mahina 2016 begins on October 17 and ends on October 30.
Important Hindu Festivals in Marathi Ashwin Mahina 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016 – Navratri Begins (Ghatasthapana)
Friday, 7 October 2016 – Saraswati Avahan (Saraswati Puja begins)
Sunday, 9 October 2016 – Saraswati Puja
Sunday, 9 October 2016 – Durga Ashtami
Monday, 10 October 2016 – Maha Navami
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 – Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami)
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Saturday, 15 October 2016 – Kojagara Puja (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Sunday, 16 October 2016 – Sharad Purnima
30 October 2016 – Diwali