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Ashvin or Ashwin (Bengali: আশ্বিন Ashbin; Sanskrit: अश्विन् /əˈʃhwɪn/; Malay/Indonesian: Aswin; Thai: Asawin), also known as Aswayuja, is the seventh month of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, the solar calendar where it is known as Aipassi and the solar India's national civil calendar. It is the sixth month of the solar Bengali calendar. It falls in the season of Shôrot, (Sharad in Hindi) or Autumn. In solar religious calendar, Ashvin begins with the Sun's exit from Virgo.

It overlaps September and October[1] of the Gregorian calendar and is the month preceding Diwali, the festival of lights. The month is here named Ashshin, Bengali script: আশ্বিন). In lunar religious calendars, Ashvin begins on the new moon after the autumn equinox.


Ashvin means light in the Sanskrit language, and Ashvini is the first star that appears in the evening sky. In Indian astrology it is the head of Aries, or the first of the 27 Nakshatra. Ashvin also stands for the divine twins, the Ashvins, the gods of vision in Hindu mythology. Asawin is the Thai variant of Ashvin and stands for warrior. The term is often translated into English as "knight".

The English name Ashwin, or in Anglo-Saxon, Æscwine, translates literally as "ash-tree friend", but can mean a number of things, including "strong/manly friend", or "friendly man." Anglo-Saxon compound names were often poetic rather than literal. For example, "Beowulf" could mean "bee-wolf", "bee-hunter", or simply "bear" (one who hunts for bees). Attested in the Poetic Edda, the first man was made from the log of an Ash-tree and was named Ash.


Several major religious holidays take place in Ashvin. Those are as follows:

  1. Navratri (1-9 Ashvin)
  2. Durga Puja (6-10 Ashvin)
  3. Kojagiri Pornima (15 Ashvin)
  4. Vijayadashami or Dussehra (10 Ashvin)
  5. Divali festival including Dhanteras (28 Ashvin), Naraka Chaturdasi (29 Ashvin) and Lakshmi Puja (Last day of Ashvin)
  6. Kali Puja (new moon of Ashvin), which are held as per the lunar calendar, usually fall in this month.

Popular names[edit]

Ashvin, Ashvini, Ashwin, Ashwini, Aswin and Asvin are common names originating in Sanskrit. The distinctly formed Anglo-Saxon surname Ashwin and Aescwine are less common. Ashwin is known as aipasi (ஐப்பசி ) in Tamil and begins when the sun enters Libra in October.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henderson, Helene. (Ed.) (2005) Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary Third edition. Electronic edition. Detroit: Omnigraphics, p. xxix. ISBN 0-7808-0982-3