Ashwin month, Ashvina mahina, Ashwayuja masam, Asoj maas, Aso maas is 7th month in Hindu calendar. In 2013, Ashwin month, Ashwina mahina starts on September 20 and ends on October 18th in North Indian Hindi calendar.
Ashwin month is the 3rd month in Chaturmas (four holy months in Hinduism) and considered auspicious because of Durga Puja or Durga Navratri festival.
Ashwin maas or Ashwayuja masa or Asoj maas in 2013 begins on 5th October and ends on November 3rd as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu calendars.
Mahalaya Paksha (Shraddh Paksha or Pitru Paksha), Mahalaya Amavasya, Ashwin Navratri (Durga Puja or Durga Navratri), and Kojagari Purnima Lakshmi Puja are the important festival in Ashwina mahina.
Ashwin month coincides with Aippasi masam in Tamil calendar and Kanni month & Thulam month in Kerala Malayalam calendar. Aashin month is the corresponding month of Ashwayuj in Bengali calendar.
Aso maas (Gujarati Ashwin month) is the last month in Gujarati year. Kartik Sud 1 (first day in Kartik month) marks the beginning of Gujarati New Year.
Important festivals and auspicious days in Ashwin month 2013:
Mahalaya Paksha / Shraddha Paksha / Pitru Paksha – September 19 to October 4
Durga Navratri 2013 starts – October 5
Upang Lalita Vrat or Lalita Panchami – October 9, 2013
Saraswati Puja – 10 October 2013 – Saraswati Puja starts
Durgashtami 2013 – 12 October
Mahanavami 2013 – 13 October – Saraswati Puja ends
Vijayadashami 2013 – 13 October – Dasara / Dussehra
Ashwin Purnima (Kojagari Purnima): 18 October
Ashwin Month in 2012
Ashwin month 2012 or Ashwina mahina 2012 starts on October 1st and ends on 29th October in North Indian Hindi calendar. Ashwin maas or Ashwayuja masa or Asoj maas in 2012 begins on 16th October and ends on 13th November as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu calendars.