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Festivals - Somvati Amavasi
 

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is the new moon day or the no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in Hindu calendar. Amavasai is the darkest day in a month in Hindu calendar and is considered highly auspicious for conducting Tarpan and Shradh rituals dedicated to dead ancestors. The Amavasi in June 2009 falls on 22nd, which is a Monday.

 

 

The importance of Somvati Amavasi was explained by Bhisma to Yudhishtra in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a dip in the holy rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow.

 

 

It is also believed that by taking a dip in the holy rivers the soul of ancestors will rest in peace.

 

 

Married women take the holy dip for a happy family life and for the long life of husbands. They also worship the pipal tree on the day.

 

 

Somavara Amavasya Vrata (fasting) is observed for a long and happy married life by couples. Many devout Hindus also fast on the day and some people only have a single meal.

 

 

On the day thousands of people take a dip in Ganga at Haridwar, Triveni and other places.

 

Amavasya, or Amavasi, is the name of new moon night in Hindu religion. It is the first night of the first quarter of the lunar month. Since the moon is invisible on the day, Amavasya is also referred as no moon night. Amavasi holds great importance in Hinduism. Many Hindus choose this day to make offering (tharpanam) to the dead ancestors. There is also an ongoing debate whether Amavasya is auspicious or inauspicious.

 

 

The term ‘Amavasya’ is commonly used in all regional languages in . The fortnight that starts with Amavasya is also referred as the Shukla paksha (bright half of the month). Mauni Amavasya in Hindu Magh month (January – February) and Mahalya Amvasya in Ashwayuja (September – October) are highly auspicious. In some regions people observe partial fast (Upvaas) or a complete fast on the day.

 

 

Thanks to mainstream Indian movies, Amavasya is considered the ideal day to perform black magic and evil acts. Since there is no moon, Amavasya night is pitch dark and this provides the ideal setting to invoke evil powers.

 

 

Earlier it was advised not to travel on an Amavasya night. The logic being that there is no moonlight and this could invite lot of hardship and danger.

 

 

Many astrologers advise against performing any important ceremony on the day as moon and important planet in Hindu astrology is not visible. In some regions, people do perform certain auspicious deeds on the day. But largely no new beginnings or important ceremonies are held on the day.

 

 

 
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