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Ashwin (Devanagari: अश्विन्), also known as Aswayuja, is the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar and the sixth month of the solar Bengali calendars, and also sixth month in the solar India's national civil calendar, where it is the second month in Shôrot, (Sharad in Hindi) or Autumn.

It overlaps September and October of the Gregorian calendar. It is the month just before Diwali, the festival of lights. In lunar religious calendars such as the Hindu calendar, Ashvin may begin on either the new moon or the full moon around the same time of year, and is usually the seventh month of the year. In solar religious calendars such as the Bengali calendar (in which the month is named Ashshin, Bangla lipi আশ্বিন), Aashvin begins with the Sun's exit from Virgo, and is usually the sixth month of the year.

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Etymology

Ashwin also means light in the Hindi language, and Ashvini is the first star that appears in the evening sky, in Hindu constellation it is the head of Aries, or the first of the 27 Nakshatras. In Thai a variation of Ashwin, known as Asawin, stands for "brave knight".

Ashwin also stands for the Divine twins, the "Ashwins" , considered to be the Hindu Gods of vision, in Hindu mythology.

Festivals

Several major religious holidays take place in Ashvin, including Durga Puja (6-10 Ashvin), Dasehra (10 Ashvin) and Divali (29 Ashvin), and Kojagiri festivals, which are held as per the lunar calendar, usually fall in this month.

Popular names

Both Ashwin and Asvin are very common Hindu Indian names. This is not to be confused with the old Anglo-Saxon surname Ashwin or Aescwine, meaning 'spear friend'.

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Ashvin (Devanagari: अश्विन्), also known as Aswayuja, is the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar and the sixth month of the solar Bengali calendars, and also sixth month in the solar India's national civil calendar, where it is the second month in Shôrot, (Sharad in Hindi) or Autumn.

It overlaps September and October of the Gregorian calendar. It is the month just before Diwali, the festival of lights. In lunar religious calendars such as the Hindu calendar, Ashvin may begin on either the new moon or the full moon around the same time of year, and is usually the seventh month of the year. In solar religious calendars such as the Bengali calendar (in which the month is named Ashshin, Bangla lipi আশ্বিন), Ashvin begins with the Sun's exit from Virgo, and is usually the sixth month of the year.

In the Vaishnava calendar, Padmanabha governs this month.

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Etymology

Ashvin means light in the Hindi language, and Ashvini is the first star that appears in the evening sky, in Hindu constellation it is the head of Aries, or the first of the 27 Nakshatras. In Thai a variation of Ashvin, known as Asaween, stands for "brave knight". In Anglo-Saxon, Aescwine means 'of great wealth, swift'.

Ashvin also stands for the Divine twins, the "Ashvins", considered to be the Hindu Gods of vision, in Hindu mythology.

Festivals

Several major religious holidays take place in Ashvin, including Durga Puja (6-10 Ashvin), Dasehra (10 Ashvin) and Divali (29 Ashvin), Kojagiri festivals and Kali Puja (new moon of Ashvin), which are held as per the lunar calendar, usually fall in this month.

Popular names

Ashvin, Ashvini, Ashwin, Ashwini and Asvin are common Indian names originating in Sanskrit. This is of distinct origin from the Anglo-Saxon surname Ashwin or Aescwine, meaning 'of great wealth, swift'

See also

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