Deep Puja on Asada Amavasya
Deep Puja, also called as Deepa Pooja, is done on Amavasi (No moon) day in Ashada month in Maharashtra and a few parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is observed to welcome the blessed Shravan month by all Hindu people. The date of Deep puja on Ashadha Amavasya is July 13th. Devotees believe that by lightning all the diyas and lights will ward off the negative energy present in the house and will also purify the house’s environment before the beginning of Shravan month.
Before performing Deepa puja, individuals clean their homes and decorate their houses with colorful Rangoli designs. The Hindu devotees clean all the diyas (deepas) they had in their house and light them at the time of pooja. The holy lamps and diyas are arranged in the Puja room and then special pujas are performed. Dedicated Hindus trust that the worship of Diya will bring knowledge and will help the devotees get the blessings of Ashta Lakshmis.
In various regions, Deepa Puja is celebrated for many reasons. A few people offer it to welcome the Shravan month as it is one of the holiest month and many rituals and vrats are performed amid the month. Ashada Amavasya is the last day of Ashada Month and following is the Sawan or Shravan month. A few communities perform this Puja for different female gods in Hinduism. In a few regions, individuals arrange diyas outside their home on Deep Puja day.
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Another special recognition on Ashada Amavasya in Maharashtra is the Gatari Amavasya. On Ashada Amavasya, people offer their respects in the form of prayers and food to their deceased ancestors. It is known as Pitru Tarpan or Shraddha.
Importance of Deep or Deepa Pooja:
- Removes Darkness from Life: Performing Deep Puja on this auspicious day of Ashadha Amavasya, removes all darkness and evil effects from one’s life, and brings immense bliss.
- Gain Ashta Aishwarya: People who offer Deep (diyas) to the Divine, and worship the Lord with dedication and faith on this holy day of Ashadha Amavasya, gain ashta aishwarya (eight sorts of wealth).
- Pitra Tarpan and Kaal Sarp Dosh Nivaran Puja: Like all other Amavasya tithis, Ashadha Amavasya is seen highly sacred to carry out Pitra Tarpan of the forefathers, and remove Kaal Sarpa Dosh in one’s kundli or birth chart. Both Pitra Tarpan and Kaal Sarp Dosh Nivaran Puja must be performed at an auspicious time as recommended by good astrologer else it can cause adverse impact on one’s well being, and even lead to financial loss.
Rituals to be followed on Ashadha Amavasya
- Take bath early in the morning, after that clean your homes and decorate them nicely.
- Next, clean all the diyas and paint them with bright and shiny colors, and light them in morning as well as evening.
- Make colorful rangoli designs on the floor of your house and in pooja room also.
- After lighting all the diyas, devotees should offer their heartfelt prayers to almighty Lord.
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