New Moon 2020 - Know its dates and Tithis

This article on New Moon contains information about its dates and the Tithis for the year 2020. Along with this detailed information on New Moon, Tithis will also be provided as we will move on to discuss the importance of this celestial event. As per the Hindu Panchang, one New Moon occurs every month, totalling to 12 new moons in a year. However, due to the occurence of Adhik Maas occasionally, New Moon takes place twice a month sometimes. Since the New Moon has its own importance, natives of our country have a profound belief on this day and very often they end up wondering when is the New Moon taking place in a particular month. Many are seen browsing the internet to find the New Moon Tithis and dates , which is why we are here to help you out and provide the accurate dates and Tithis of Amavasya or New Moon 2020.

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New Moon 2020 Tithis and Dates

Amavasya Day Date
Magh Amavasya Thursday January 24
Phalguna Amavasya Saturday February 23
Chaitra Amavasya Sunday March 24
Baisakh Amavasya Monday April 22
Jyestha Amavasya Wednesday May 22
Ashad Amavasya Friday June 21
Shravan Amavasya Saturday July 20
Bhadrapada Amavasya Monday August 19
Ashwin Amavasya Tuesday September 17
Ashwin Amavasya (Adhik) Wednesday October 16
Kartik Amavasya Friday November 15
Margshirsha Amavasya Saturday December 14

What is New Moon?

Hindu panchang is composed of five Ghatak(components). Its components include Tithi, Var, Karan, Nakshatra and Yoga. New Moon or Amavasya is the one Tithi of the five components. Generally, fifteen Tithis of Panchang make one side (Shukla / Krishna) while two Tithis create a month. The fifteenth Tithi of Shukla Paksha is called Full Moon(Purnima) and the last Tithi of Krishna Paksha is known as New Moon(Amavsya). Darkness prevails all over the Earth during the night of New Moon as the moon is not visible on this day.

Tithis of Hindu Panchang

Shukla Paksha - Pratipada, Dwitiya, Tritiya, Chaturthi, Panchami, Sasti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, Dashami, Ekadashi, Dwadashi, Trayodashi , Chaturdashi, Purnima

Krishna Paksha - Pratipada, Dwitiya, Tritiya, Chaturthi, Panchami, Sasti, Saptami Ashtami, Navami, Dashami, Ekadashi, Dwadashi, Trayodashi, Chaturdashi, Amavasya

New Moon : Importance

Amavasya on New Moon Tithi occupies an important position in Hindu religion and culture. Pitru Dev is the ruling Lord of Amavasya which is why the tradition of offering Tarpan to one’s ancestors is followed during Sarva pitru Amavasya. In general terms, New moon arrives once every month and each and every New Moon is known by the name of its respective month in which it occurs. However, there are some new Moons which are also known by day and considered quite important in the realm of religion spirituality and astrology.

For instance, let us take Somvati Amavasya into account which falls on a Monday, After the name Somwar or Monday, it is known as Somwati Amavasya. In the same vein, the New Moon which takes place on a Saturday is known as Shani Amavasya.

As per Hindu religious traditions, one should make donations and perform charity on the day of New Moon to negate all sorts of difficulties from life. In order to gain redemption from your sins, it is beneficial to take a bath in holy rivers on the day of New Moon. During amavasya Tithi only, many festivals are also celebrated. The occurrence of a solar eclipse also coincides with the day of New Moon only. On this day, the Sun, Earth and the Moon come together in the same orbital path.

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Festivals Occurring During New Moon Tithis

  • Chaitra Amavasya (New Moon) - The last tithi of Krishna Paksha which falls during the month of Chaitra is known as Chaitra Amavasya. It is believed that by observing a fast on this day while adhering to all the necessary rites and rituals helps one’ s ancestors to gain salvation one should offer tarpan to their respectable ancestors by facing the south direction
  • Baisakh Amavasya(New Moon) - New Moon which falls in the last the Tithi of Krishna Paksha is known as Vaishakh Amavasya. Religious beliefs state that this day marks the arrival of Treta Yuga in history.
  • Jyestha Amavasya(New Moon) - The New Moon which arrives in the month of Jyestha also coincides with the festival of Shani Jayanti. As per the scriptures, Lord Shani or Saturn was born on this day. Thus, he is worshipped duly and the necessary rituals are observed on this day.
  • Ashad Amavasya(New Moon) - New Moon which falls in the month of Ashad is known as Ashad Amavasya during which the monsoon season also begins. This New Moon is also known as Pitrikaram Amavasya.
  • Shravan Amavasya(New Moon) - Also known as Hariyali Amavasya, this New Moon falls in the month of Shravan. It is known so because the rain spreads greenery all over the nature and makes the earth beautiful once again. On the third day after this New Moon, the festival of Hariyali Teej is celebrated.
  • Bhadrapada Amavasya(New Moon) - Amavasya falling in the month of Bhadrapada is known as bhadrapada Amavasya. During this New Moon, Kush(grass) is collected to commemorate religious tasks. This religious activity conducted on this day helps one to attain austerity.
  • Ashwin Amavasya(New Moon) - Also known as Sarva pitru Amavasya, Ashwin Amavasya is one of the most important new moons. Apart from this, it is also known as Pitru Visarjan Amavasya as on this day only, Shradh rituals which go on for about a period of fifteen days comes to an end the known and the unknown and sisters are offered prayers on this day.
  • Kartik Amavasya(New Moon) - The New Moon which falls in the month of Kartik is of utmost importance to the believers of Hindu religion as the festival of light Diwali is celebrated on this day. During Diwali, Goddess Laxmi as well as Vighnaharta Shri Ganesh Ji is worshipped.
  • MargaShirsha Amavasya(New Moon) - This Amavasya(New Moon) is also known as Agahan Amavasya. Donations and charity are done to offer Tarpan to one’s ancestors. At the same time, Goddess Laxmi is also worshiped on this day.
  • Paush Amavasya(New Moon) - During this New Moon, fast is observed to get rid of Kaal Sarp Dosha. This day also has great importance of worshipping Surya Dev. It is considered the best day to perform religious and spiritual meditation.
  • Magh Amavasya(New Moon) - The New Moon which occurs in the month of Magh is known as Mouni Amavasya. If a native observes a silent fast on this day and takes a bath in holy rivers and waterfalls, he/she attains the title of a Muni (ascetic).
  • Phalguna Amavasya(New Moon) - Phalgun Amavasya is given high regards for the attainment to prosperity and good fortune. For the peace of the household, fasts are observed on this day.

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New Moon: Religious, Spiritual and Astrological Importance

The day of New Moon is given much significance in Hindu religion and culture, to the extent that special rituals are commemorated on this day for the pacification of the souls of their ancestors. A dip in the holy river or reservoir provides relief from the sufferings of life. Apart from this, one should also observe a fast along with doing charity and purifying the soul.

The Tithi of New Moon is also important from a spiritual point of view. As the Moon is not visible on this day, the state of mind remains peaceful. Chandrama affects our mind and brain in an intricate manner. This day is considered best to perform austeration. Those who are associated with the field of esoteric sciences also consider this day as an important one.

From an astrological perspective, the Moon is hailed as the significator of mind, brain, mother and material substances. Because it remains invisible on this day, the human mind is remains stable. Persistent thinking process brings firmness in life. According to the Puranas, New Moon’s day is an important day to get rid of Kaal Sarp Dosh and Pitra Dosha.

Things to do during New Moon

  • Take a bath in a holy river or a reservoir on the day of New Moon
  • During New Moon, worship Lord Hanuman and also recite the Hanuman Chalisa.
  • Light a jasmine oil lamp in front of Lord Hanuman’s idol Amavasya
  • On the day of New Moon, worship the Lords at your home.
  • Visit the temple and make offerings.
  • On the day of New Moon, feed grains to fish.
  • Donate food items.
  • Worship Shani Dev on this day and offer mustard oil and black lentils(Urad Daal) to him.

Things to Avoid During New Moon

It is believed that on the Tithi of Amavasya or New Moon, demonic forces like ghouls and ghosts become more powerful. Hence, it is advised to stay away from negative thoughts on this day. It has been mentioned in the Shastras that on the day of Amavasya, one should not eat food items offered by others as it decreases his/her good fortune. Thus, food items which belongs to others should not be eaten on this day. It is also recommended to abstain from vices like anger, jealousy, improper activities, consumption of alcohol, non vegetarian food and establishing physical relations with anyone.

Donations and Charity on the Day of New Moon

Hindu traditional beliefs state that the performance of charity and donations on a particular occasion, helps one to attain auspicious results. The Tithi of New Moon also happens to be one such pious event. It is said that charity and good deeds carried out on this date provides peace and salvation to the souls of the departed ancestors. At the same time, the person who donates receives austerity and happiness and he/she witnesses the inflow of prosperity in his/her life. Now the question arises, to whom should be the donation made. The truth is that donations should always offered to the poor and needy. Only then, the real fruits of making donations fall into one’s lap.

We hope that this article written on New Moon 2020 proves to be insightful for you. May the light always be with you and you will achieve success in all aspects of your life!!