PHALGUNA AMAVASYA - SIGNIFICANCE AND OBSERVANCE
What is Amavasya?
According to the Hindu calendar, every month comprises of thirty tithis. Among them, the day in the middle of the month is regarded as Amavasya which is called as the No-moon day. On this particular day, the moon is not visible. It is considered as the darkest night in the entire month.
What is Phalguna Amavasya?
As per the Hindu calendar, when the no moon day or the Amavasya is observed in the specific month of Phalguna, then that particular Amavasya is called Phalguna Amavasya. The days of Amavasya are termed as inauspicious as this is when the evil powers and negative forces are the strongest and reign over the earth. This day holds possess much importance as people commemorate their forefathers or ancestors by performing Shradh and Tarpan and pay gratitude for what all they have done for their successors. The day falls in the month of April or March as per the Gregorian calendar.
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What are the Rituals of Phalguna Amavasya?
- On this day, people take a holy bath before sunrise and then perform all the morning rituals.
- On the eve of Phalguna Amavasya, people perform tarpan and shraddha rituals for the deceased forefathers or ancestors.
- The shraddha ceremonies are performed either on the banks of the holy rivers or in the temples or homes. A learned priest offer prayers to the dead ancestors and pray for their salvation and peace.
- People offer dhoop, flowers, a mixture of water and barley and Diya to the dead ancestors as a part of the Shraddha ceremony.
- Rituals of til dan and pinda trapan are also performed for seeking the divine blessings of the forefathers.
- After completion with the tarpan and various other shraddha rituals, special meals are offered to the brahmins.
- Food, clothes, and donation of other essentials are made to the Brahmins.
- People also observe a fast of Phalguna Amavasya.
Also See: Significance of Phalgun Purnima
What is the Significance of Phalguna Amavasya?
- The rituals of Phalguna Amavasya hold extreme significance as they are observed to attain prosperity, welfare, and blessings.
- The observers are bestowed with the divine blessings of the deities and the family members are also saved from any kind of evils or obstacles.
- On this spiritual day, it is believed that the ancestors visit the places of observers and if all the shraddha rituals are not performed then they return back unhappily.
- As per the Astrological science, it is believed that the past sins or wrong deeds of the ancestors are reflected in the horoscope of their children under the name of Pitru Dosha. And because of this, the children suffer a lot of bad experiences in their lifetime. By observing the rituals of Phalguna Amavasya, this dosha can be rectified and also the blessings of forefathers can be attained.
- It helps in getting the blessings of God Moon and Lord Yama
- The family of the observers gets free from all type of sins and obstacles in their lives
- It helps in relieving the souls of the forefathers and supports them in attaining salvation
- It helps the children in getting bestowed with prosperous and long life.