Ashwin mahina (Ashvina maas, Ashwin month) is the 7th month in Hindi calendars followed in North India. In 2020, Ashwin month, Ashwina Mahina starts on September 3 and ends on October 31 in North Indian Hindi calendar.
Ashwin month is the third month in Chaturmas, four holy months in Hinduism, and considered auspicious because of Durga Puja or Durga Navratri festival falls in the month.
Hindi Ashwin mahina begins with Mahalaya Paksha and ends with Kojagari Purnima or Sharad Purnima. Mahalaya, also known as Shraddh paksha or Pitru Paksha, Navratri Durga Puja, and Kojagari Lakshmi Puja are the important festivals in Ashvina mahina. Hindi Ashwin month coincides with Kanni masam and Thula masam in Malayalam calendar and Purattasi and Aippasi masam in Tamil calendar.
Navratri Durga Puja starts on first day of Shukla Paksha in Ashwin month and ends on Mahanavami or Vijayadashami with Durga Udwasan puja. Ramlila is celebrated in North Indian states during Navratri festival.
Mahalakshmi Vrata which starts on Bhadrapad Shukla Ashtami will conclude on Ashwin Krishna Ashtami. On the last day of Hindi Ashwin mahina (Ashwin Purnima), Kojagari Lakshmi Puja is observed.
There are two Ashwin Months in 2020 as Adhik Maas (Purushottam Maas | Mal Maas) comes.
According to North Indian Hindi Calendars, Pratham Ashwin Month begins on September 3 and ends on October 1 and Dwitiya Ashwin Month begins on October 2 and ends on October 31. Nija Ashwin Krishna Paksha begins on 3 September and ends on September 17; Nija Ashwin Shukla Paksha begins on 17 October and ends on 31 October. Adhik Ashwin Month begins on 18 September and ends on 16 October.
The list of important festivals and auspicious days in Hindi Ashwin month 2020
Sunday, 13 September 2020 – Indira Ekadashi
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 – Kanya Sankranti
Thursday, 17 September 2020 – Sarvapitru Amavasya (Mahalaya Amavasya)
Saturday, 17 October 2020 – Navratri Begins (Ghatasthapana)
Saturday, 17 October 2020 – Tula Sankranti
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 – Saraswati Avahan (Saraswati Puja begins)
Thursday, 22 October 2020 – Saraswati Puja
Saturday, 24 October 2020 – Durga Ashtami
Saturday, 24 October 2020 – Maha Navami
Sunday, 25 October 2020 – Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami)
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Friday, 30 October 2020 – Kojagara Puja (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Saturday, 31 October 2020 – Sharad Purnima
Kartik Month is the next mahina in North Indian Hindi calendar.