Religious Significance of Shravana Amavasya
The month of Shravan (July-August) brings number of significant events and festivals for Hindus. Shravan Amavasya or the no moon day is vital in Hindu culture from several aspects. It is famous from various other names in different regions depending upon the local cultures of India.
Across India, the eve of Shravana Amavasya is traditionally celebrated in diverse ways under different names. Some of the most common names for Shravana Amavasya are:
- Hariiyali Amavasya (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan)
- Chitalagi Amavasya (Orissa)
- Chukkala Amavasya (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh)
- Gatari Amavasya (Maharashtra)
When is Shravana Amavasya?
According to Hindu Calendar, the festival of Shravan Amavasya will be celebrated on no moon day of Saravana month.
You can check the auspicious Muhurat of the day for performing certain rituals through Daily Choghadiya.
Significance of Shravana Amavasya
In Hinduism, a lot of significance is given to Amavasya Days owing to their religious and spiritual importance. Among all of them, Shravana Amavasya is observed with much devotion as it falls in the holy month of Shravana. There is a lot of importance associated with this festival.
The no moon day or Shravana Amavasya, is regarded as a very auspicious day for ancestral worship. Amavasya which falls in some specific months are regarded as much significant for remembering our ancestors and one of those is Shravana Amavasya. On this particular day, the male members of the house observe the ancestral puja (Pitru Puja) and also perform the offering to ancestors (Pitru tarpan). People also pray for the blessings of their ancestors. Special meals are cooked on this day and offered to the Brahmins.
Worshipping Lord Shiva
On the day of Hariyali Amavasya, people tend to worship Lord Shiva. Special kinds of pujas or ceremonies are performed in Shiva temple praying for abundant harvest and good rains. It is believed that performing Shiva puja on Shravan Amavasya blesses the devotees with good fortune, prosperity and sound wealth.
Also See: Mahashivratri Puja Rituals
Shravana Amavasya Fast
A number of individuals keep a Shravana Amavasya fast. People wake up early and take a holy bath before beginning their fast. Devotees worship their deities along with performing the rituals. People who observe this fast eat only one meal on this day and conclude their fast in the evening. It is firmly believed that, the devotees who worship the almighty and observe a Shravan Amavasya fast then they are blessed with huge wealth.
Shravana Amavasya Fairs
Grand fairs are held in diverse parts of the nation on the day of Shravana Amavasya. The celebration continues for three days which is marked with mouthwatering foods, get-togethers and lots of entertainment. Women pray for the welfare and good fortune of their husbands on this no moon day.
Festival of Greenery: Hariyali Amavasya
Hariyali Amavasya symbolizes the start of monsoon season. It acts as the invitation card for the rains to come and ensure a sound harvest. People celebrate this day by moving out and enjoying the greenery and fresh colors and rejoice the end of the scorching months of summer.
It takes place three day prior to the festival of Hariyali Teej. In the Hindu lunar calendar, Shravana is the fifth month. This whole month of Shravan is regarded as auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva.
During this time, people worship various deities in a hope to seek their blessings. Various charitable activities are also performed on this day as it is believed that these activities add merits to a person’s karma. People also worship the plants and trees to thank them. At some specific places, aspirants also worship the peepal tree on the day of Shravana Amavasya. As it is the beginning of the monsoon day, the devotees believe that if they will plant on Shravana Amavasya then it will experience huge growth similar to the rising phase of moon.
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