Ashwin mahina (Ashvina maas, Ashwin month) is the 7th month in Hindi calendars followed in North India. In 2018, Ashwin month, Ashwina mahina starts on September 26 and ends on October 24 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 2018 starts on September 26 and ends on October 9
Shukla Paksha in Asvina mahina 2018 starts on October 10 and ends on October 24.
The list of important festivals and auspicious days in Hindi Ashwin month 2018
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 – Pratipada Shraddha, Pitru Paksha Begins
Friday, 5 October 2018 – Indira Ekadashi
Monday, 8 October 2018 – Sarvapitru Amavasya (Mahalaya Amavasya)
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 – Navratri Begins (Ghatasthapana)
Sunday, 14 October 2018 – Saraswati Avahan (Saraswati Puja begins)
Monday, 15 October 2018 – Saraswati Puja
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – Durga Ashtami
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – Maha Navami
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – Tula Sankranti
Friday, 19 October 2018 – Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami)
Saturday, 20 October 2018 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 – Kojagara Puja (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 – Sharad Purnima
Kartik Month is the next mahina in North Indian Hindi calendar.