Ashwin mahina (Ashvina maas, Ashwin month) is the 7th month in Hindi calendars followed in North India. In 2017, Ashwin month, Ashwina mahina starts on September 7 and ends on October 5 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.
Krishna Paksha in Ashwin month 2017 starts on September 7 and ends on September 20
Shukla Paksha in Asvina mahina 2017 starts on September 21 and ends on October 5.
The list of important festivals and auspicious days in Hindi Ashwin month 2017
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 – Pratipada Shraddha, Pitru Paksha Begins
Saturday, 16 September 2017 – Indira Ekadashi
Sunday, 17 September 2017 – Kanya Sankranti
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 – Sarvapitru Amavasya (Mahalaya Amavasya)
Thursday, 21 September 2017 – Navratri Begins (Ghatasthapana)
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 – Saraswati Avahan (Saraswati Puja begins)
Thursday, 28 September 2017 – Saraswati Puja
Thursday, 28 September 2017 – Durga Ashtami
Friday, 29 September 2017 – Maha Navami
Saturday, 30 September 2017 – Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami)
Sunday, 1 October 2017 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Thursday, 5 October 2017 – Kojagara Puja (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Thursday, 5 October 2017 – Sharad Purnima
Kartik Month is the next mahina in North Indian Hindi calendar.