* 1 Meaning of Amāvāsyā
* 2 Festive
* 3 Tradition and Belief
* 4 References * 5 External links
MEANING OF AMāVāSYā
In Sanskrit, "amā" means "together" and "vāsya" means "to dwell" or "cohabit". It also means "na" +"ma"+"asya" meaning to "na" = "No, "ma"=Moon, "Asya"="There" inturn meaning to There is no Moon i.e., Moon is not visible.
In the pūrṇimānta māna Hindu lunar calendar used in most parts
Pancha-Gauda Brahmins have month from next day of Purnima (day)
to Purnima (day), that is Purnima is last 29/30 days (Purnimanta).
Pancha-Dravida have month from next day of
In old Indian culture and beliefs, irrespective of religions,
Lakshmi Puja (30
Ashvin or 15 Krishna
Ashvin ; the Diwali
Naraka Chaturdashi ):
Lakshmi Puja marks the most important day
TRADITION AND BELIEF
WORSHIP OF FOREFATHERS (PITRA)
Every month, the Amāvāsyā day is considered auspicious for the
worship of forefathers and poojas are made. Religious people are not
supposed to travel or work, and instead concentrate on the rites of
Amavasyas, typically at home in the afternoon. Even today, traditional
workers like masons do not work on
On Amavasyas, Shraadh is done to forefathers by Brahmins whose fathers have died. In modern times, a short 20-minute version of the ceremony is done—offering black sesame and water as oblation to departed souls. This oblation is offered to father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. If one of these persons are still alive, their name is skipped and the corresponding earlier generation person is offered oblation. Then a final oblation is offered to those anonymous souls which died and have nobody in their lineage offering oblation. These oblations are believed to give birth to good children without mental or physical challenges.
The dark fortnight of Aswayuja (September–October) is known as the Pitru Paksha (Mahalaya), which is especially sacred for offering oblations to departed ancestors. The last day of this period, the dark moon day, called mahalaya Amavasya, is considered the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites. The manes return to their abode on the evening of Deepavali. Due to the grace of the Yama , it has been ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.
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* Kalnirnay on iPhone * Tithi Calendar * A discussion of Amāvāsyā translation issues