When Is Somvati Amavasya In 2020?
Somvati Amavasya 2020 was observed on December 14 this year, and the auspicious timing on this day started at 12.44 am and ended at 9.46 pm on the same day. Family members take baths in early morning and perform rituals in the name of the departed ones and pray for the departed souls to rest in peace and achieve salvation. Only after the rituals are completed, the members are supposed to eat their morning breakfast. Some members observe Fast strictly consuming only fruits and certain vegetables. On this day, the family members of the dead offer water to the Sun God and visit Shiva temples and perform charity in the name of the departed family members.
When Is Somvati Amavasya In 2021?
It is predicted that there will be two Somvati Amavasya in the year in 2021. One will be observed on April 14, 2021, and the second Amavasya will be observed on September 06, 2021. According to the Hindu Calendar, the lunar month begins following the full moon or Purnima and so Amāvásyā always falls in the middle of the month and if it is a Monday, it is observed as Somvati Amavasya. As per Indian traditional culture and beliefs, irrespective of which religions one belongs to, Amavasya is always considered auspicious and a time of great power. So on these days, the pooja rituals are carried out in memory of departed loved ones, and charity is also performed on this day in the name of departed ones.
Somvati Amavasya Ki Puja Vidhi
On Somvati Amavasya, the devotees wake up and take a bath early in the morning. According to Hindu mythology, awakening and taking bath in a holy river performing puja rituals in Brahma Muhurta which is two hours before sunrise is considered very auspicious. On Somvati Amavasya, family members who observe the puja rituals for the sake of the departed ones, are advised not to consume rice, wheat, lentils, non-vegetarian foods, and vegetables such as onion, garlic, and strong spices. In certain places, the peepal tree is considered home to ancestors and all the gods. Hence, on Somvati Amavasya, family members mix milk, water with black sesame and rice, and offer it to Peepal tree in the morning and the crows are also beckoned to eat the rice. By doing this ritual, it is believed the departed souls have attained peace and satisfaction.
Somvati Amavasya Katha
Somvati Amavasya is considered very important in Hindu Calendar because on this day, the Moon means Chandra, Mercury called Budh, Jupiter called Guru or Brihaspati, Venus called Shukra and Saturn called Shani remain in their respective zodiac constellations and is considered to have great power and very auspicious to perform puja rituals for the sake of attaining peace for the departed souls and thus ushering prosperity and peace in the family by appeasing the ancestors and departed ones. In the great epic Mahabharata, Bhishma explains to Yudhishthira the importance of the Somvati Amavasya and explains that a person bathing in the holy rivers on this day will be prosperous, healthy and free from all sorrows.
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