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Amavasya is a significant day in Hindu Calendar. On this day, the moon is not visible in the sky which is why it is also termed as No Moon Day or New Moon Day. Amavasi, as it is also known, occurs every Hindu lunar month, so there are 12 no moon days in a year. It is a day that marks the beginning of Shukla Paksha or the bright fortnight in the Lunar month.
In Hindu culture and Hinduism, a great deal of importance is given to Amavasya. Many important rituals and traditions are observed on this day by Hindu devotees across India. It is the darkest day of the month and according to age-old beliefs, it is considered one of the most powerful and impactful time of the year.
List of Amavasya Dates Dates 2017
Amavasya - Is it auspicious?
In most cultures, Amavasya is regarded as inauspicious and the energies that are prevalent during this time can have adverse effects on our physical as well as mental well being. This time of the month is mostly associated with prayers, offering Pujas and remembering our forefathers and ancestors. The beginning of any auspicious work is usually avoided during this time. Many devotees also observe Amavasya Vrat for success and happiness and to seek the blessings of their ancestors.
Significance of Amavasya
Amavasya, the darkest night of the month, has immense spiritual significance in Hindu religion. As per the Hindu scripture ‘Garuda Purana’, Lord Vishnu had proclaimed, that one’s ancestors come down to earth on the day of Amavasya. It is important to offer them food and prayers on this day otherwise they might get displeased. Amavasya is a day to show your respect towards your forefathers and get their blessings. Also, worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day can fulfill all your wants and desires,
Amavasya is considered an inauspicious night as the evil powers are the strongest during this time. People are more likely to get involved in black magic and ‘tantrik’ activities on this night. The effects of such activities can be much stronger and powerful, if they are done on Amavasya. This is why, no positive or auspicious work is performed during this time. Some people also advise avoiding travel at the time of Amavasya owing to its negative effects.
Another significance of Amavasya lies in the festivals or occasions that are associated with it. One of the most important festival being Diwali. Deepawali, is probably the darkest nights of the year when negative powers are at their strongest. This is why, this festival is celebrated all over India with diyas, lights and a vibrant celebration. The whole nation is lit with lights to ward off the evil spirits that are present during this time.
IMPORTANT AMAVASYA TITHIS
There are certain Amavasya Dates which are regarded as highly auspicious and religiously important.
- Mauni Amavasya - This Amavasya falls in the Hindu month of Magh i.e. between January and February and is considered as a spiritually significant day.
- Mahalaya Amavasya - Mahalaya Amavasya is observed on the last day of Mah
- alaya Paksha and is again a spiritually significant day. It is regarded as an auspicious day to do charity and begin or continue your humanitarian work. It usually falls in the month of September-October. It is also known as Pitru Paksha and is the most appropriate day to make offerings to our departed ancestors.
In Hindu tradition, deep significance is given to Somvati Amavasya. It is an Amavasya that falls on a Monday. It is a belief that if one observes a fast on this Amavasya, then all their wishes and desires are fulfilled. Women should especially do Somvati Amavasya Vrat for their husband’s long life.
IMPORTANCE OF AMAVASYA VRAT
Fasting on the day of Amavasya has its own relevance. It is said to bestow a lot of benefits on the devotees who are observing this fast. There are some specific Amavasya Dates in a year on which Amavasya Vrat should be observed.
Fasting on Amavasya can help one get rid of all their past sins and give them a sense of peace.
Observing Amavasya Vrat can bless one with success, prosperity, health, wealth and love.
Amavasya Pooja along with this fast can keep all the evil powers at bay and fill your home with positive energy.
Amavasya is a day to remember our ancestors and seek their blessings. mPanchang gives you complete and accurate information about Amavasya Dates and Timings.