ASHADHA AMAVASYA 2018
The significance of Amavasya in Hindu culture is paramount. A ‘No Moon Day’, as it is also known as, occurs once every Hindu month. One of the most important Amavasya Day is Ashadha Amavasya which falls in the Hindu month of Ashadha. It is considered as a highly auspicious day to perform Pitru Tarpan or religious rituals for the forefathers or deceased ancestors. Ashadha Amavasya is observed all across India with each part having its own rituals and traditions. This day also marks the commencement of Shravan month.
ASHADHA AMAVASYA 2018 DATE
As per Hindu Calendar, Ashadha Amavasya 2018 will be observed on
Friday, 13th July 2018
ASHADHA AMAVASYA - SIGNIFICANCE
Ashadha Amavasya is a spiritually significant day to remember your ancestors. It is believed that on this day, the divine powers come down to the earth to bless the devotees and fulfill all their wishes and desires. Offering prayers and tharpanam to ancestors on this day helps them attain salvation and they even bestow their blessings on you. The spirits of the ancestors easily accept your offerings and prayers (Pitru Tarpan) on this day and bless you with happiness and prosperity. Moreover, it is believed that during the Hindu month of Ashadha, the Sun begins its journey towards South. So Amavasya of this month is the first new moon day in this period, so, it is considered as a highly powerful day to perform tarpanam rituals.
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ASHADHA AMAVASYA - RITUALS
The celebrations and observance of Ashadha Amavasya is different in different states. Although it is a more prominent day in South India, but it is also celebrated with utmost devotion and zeal in every other part of India.
In Andhra Pradesh, Ashadha Amavasya is known as Chukkala Amavasya. It is a highly auspicious day for Telugu people. On this day, diyas or earthen lamps are lit all around the house similar to the festival of Diwali. According to a popular belief, it is said the ancestors come down to earth on this night so light is required to aid their travel. Moreover, lighting of diyas in house will ward off the negative energy present in the house and will purify the house’s environment before the month of Shravan begins.
This day is celebrated as Gatari Amavasya in Maharashtra. Gatari Amavasya is not only observed as a day to offer prayers to the ancestors but it also celebrates the beginning of Shravan month. The Hindus enjoy a lot of food and drinks on this day as they have to abstain from alcohol and non-vegetarian food for the next 40 days.
Tamil Nadu celebrates this day as Aadi Amavasya and Kerala observes this day as Karkidaka Vavu Bali. For them, it is a day to remember the ancestors and offer them prayers and food. On this day, Tamilians perform a special Puja while in Kerala, they believe that celebration of this day will usher in prosperity and longevity in their life.
The New Moon day in the month of Ashadha is celebrated as Bheemana Amavasya in Karnataka. On this day, devotees worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the form known as Bheemeswara. This day is also observed as Gandane Puja in Karnataka, especially by women. Married women perform this Puja to pray for the long-life and happiness of their husband. while single girls do this Puja to pray for a good husband.
Deep Puja is an important religious ritual that is observed on Ashadha Amavasya. Devotees clean their homes and decorate them. After this, devotees clean and then decorate the diyas with colors. Then, sanctify a table, decorate ir with Rangoli and place the diyas on the table. Light those diyas and perform Deep Puja. During Deep Puja, prayers are offered to one’s Ishta Devta and the five elements (Pancha Bhoota) i.e. Water, Air, Sky, Fire and Earth. Some people also offer prayers to all the Goddesses - Maa Lakshmi, Maa Saraswati, and Maa Parvati.
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In the evening, again the diyas are lit and kept in every nook and corner of the house. It is believed that the illumination will keep all the evil powers at bay and will fill the home with positivity and happiness. There is also a common belief that those who perform Deep Pooja are blessed with 8 types of wealth.
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