How is Ashadha Amavasya Celebrated?
Ashadha Amavasya is an important Hindu festival observed with deep devotion by Hindus across India. This day is believed to be extremely auspicious to perform Pitru Tharpanam. It is one among the most powerful Amavasya and remembering our ancestors on this day can please them and in turn be beneficial for you. Ashadha Amavasya is the first New Moon Day of the period of Dakshinayan i.e. when Sun starts moving towards South. So, this day becomes all the more important for offering prayers and food to the ancestors as they easily accept your prayers and bless you with happiness, prosperity and health.
Ashadha Amavasya is celebrated most extensively in South India but other parts of India also observe this Hindu festival. Each part of India has their own rituals and customs that they follow on this day. Let us take a look at how is Ashadha Amavasya celebrated in different parts of India?.
- ANDHRA PRADESH
Chukkala Amavasya, this is what Ashadha Amavasya in Andhra Pradesh is celebrated as. People celebrate it by lighting earthen lamps in their homes. It is a tradition to brighten up the entire home with lights to cleanse its aura before the holy month of Shravan commences. Also, it is a belief that the forefathers descend down to the earth, so, these lights are a way to help them to travel.
In Kerala, this Amavasya is celebrated as Karkidaka Vavu Bali. Special puja dedicated to one’s ancestors is performed on this day and the devotees make offerings to their ancestors. They believe that this Puja will bless them with success, happiness and a long-life.
- TAMIL NADU
Aadi Amavasya, as it is celebrated in Tamil Nadu, is an auspicious day for Hindu devotees. It is an important day for Pitru Tharpanam and a Puja is done on this day to remember their ancestors and to seek their blessings.
In Karnataka, Ashadha Amavasya is celebrated with much vigor as Bheemana Amavasya. This is a festival associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They are offered prayers in the form of Bheemeswara. It is a significant festival for women. The women who are married do Gandae Puja for the happiness and well being of their husband whereas single girls do it for a good partner.
Maharashtra celebrates this day as Gatari Amavasya. They indulge in a lot of food and drinks as this day marks the onset of Shravan month. Hindu devotees in Maharashtra abstain from liquor and non-vegetarian food for the next 40 days after Gatari Amavasya.
Another important ritual of Ashadha Amavasya is Deep Puja. Hindu devotees decorate a table with color diyas, light them and perform their Puja. In the evening, these earthen lamps illuminate the entire house. It is a way to usher in positivity in the home and ward off negative energies.
Ashadha Amavasya 2018 Date – Friday, 13th July 2018
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