Chaitra Amavasya- Significance & Observance
What is Chaitra Amavasya?
As per the Hindu calendar, the no moon day which takes place in the Chaitra month is called Chaitra Amavasya. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls either in the month of March or April.
What is the Significance of Chaitra Amavasya?
The day of Chaitra Amavasya holds vital significance as there are several spiritual activities which are performed on this particular day. The diverse phases of the moon at the time of waning and waxing half of the month marks the beginning of a number of events, celebrations, and festivals. As per the Hindu lunar calendar, Chaitra Amavasya falls in the first month of the year, hence it has been given higher importance for performing the spiritual acts.
What are the Rituals of Chaitra Amavasya?
The day of Chaitra Amavasya is a well known day for Hindu people. On this particular day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu and perform several rituals such as:
Performing Chaitra Amavasya Vrat
A huge number of devotees observe a fast of Chaitra Amavasya in order to get bestowed with the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu and Moon God. Devotees offer prayers to the deity at their homes or in the temples. People also donate food to the poor and needy as well as feed the crows in order to attain the blessings of their deceased ancestors. As per the Garuda Purana, on the day of Amavasya, the forefathers visit their descendants’ place and if sacred food and prayers are offered to them, they give their blessings to their heirs.
Performing Holy Dip
The day of Chaitra Amavasya is extremely significant for performing holy dip in the sacred Ganges as well as at the places where Kumbh Mela takes place such as Ujjain, Nasik, Prayag, and Haridwar. By performing the holy dip, devotees get relieved from all their past and present sins. To attain peace of mind and clarity, devotees worship Lord Shiva, perform Shiv puja and take a holy dip on the day of Chaitra Amavasya.
Performing Shradh Ceremonies
Shradh ceremonies play a vital significance in Hinduism as it is the means of worshipping the deceased ancestors. As per Hindu culture, it is believed that after death, the forefathers or the departed souls reside in the Pitru Loka. This world is temporary where the souls reside for a short duration, till the time of their new birth. And during this time period, the ancestors or these souls have to experience a lot of penance, thirst, and hunger. These sufferings can only be put down and reduced with the sacred offerings made by the descendants. These are the holy and sacred offerings which are charged with mantras and can alleviate the pain of the forefathers during their stay in Pitru Loka.
What are the Benefits of Observing Chaitra Amavasya Fast?
There are several benefits and merits of observing Chaitra Amavasya Vrat and worshipping Lord Vishnu and Moon God, such as:
- People get rid of Pitru Dosha
- It helps in eliminating the past and present sins
- Devotees win the blessings of their forefathers
- Gives clarity of mind and a peaceful life
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