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Amavasya 2018: The New Moon Night

Amavasya, also known as new moon night or no moon night, holds great importance in Hindu religion. It occurs on the first night of first quarter of the lunar month. This day is considered highly auspicious for pacifying the negative effects of the planet (Kundali Dosh Puja). As per religious beliefs, performing rituals like Homam, Pitra Puja or Shraddha, helps in pacifying forefathers or ancestors, so that they could attain salvation. Other than this, the Amavasya that falls on Monday has special importance as it is believed that a woman who fast on this particular Amavasya, wards of widowhood and ensure bearing of progeny. This fast is known by the name of Somvati Amavasya Vrat.

New Moon, Amavasya, has special significance in Hinduism.

Amavasyas like Mauni Amavasya (in Magha month) and Mahalaya Amavasya (in Ashwayuja month) are considered highly auspicious. In Tamil Nadu, the Amavasya or Amavasi in Tamil month of Aadi is also of great importance. To know more about this event, read below.

Amavasya 2018 Dates (New Moon 2018 Dates)

We all know that New Moon occurs every lunar month. So accordingly, there are around 12 New Moons in a year.

Following are the dates of Amavasya 2018 (new Moon 2018) as per Amanta lunisolar calendar (this calendar is mainly followed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Tripura):

Date (as per Amant)

Day

Name of Amavasya

16 January

Tuesday

Paush Amavasya

15 February

Thursday

Magha Amavasya

17 March

Saturday

Phalguna Amavasya

16 April

Monday

Chaitra Amavasya

15 May

Tuesday

Vaishakha Amavasya

13 June

Wednesday

Jyestha Amavasya

13 July

Friday

Jyeshtha Amavasya

11 August

Saturday

Ashadha Amavasya

09 September

Sunday

Shravana Amavasya

09 October

Tuesday

Bhadrapada Amavasya

07 November

Wednesday

Ashwin Amavasya

07 December

Friday

Kartik Amavasya

Following are the dates of Amavasya 2018 (new Moon 2018) as per Purnimanta lunisolar calendar (this calendar is mainly followed in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh):

Date (as per Purnimant)

Day

Name of Amavasya

16 January

Tuesday

Magha Amavasya

15 February

Thursday

Phalguna Amavasya

17 March

Saturday

Chaitra Amavasya

16 April

Monday

Vaishakha Amavasya

15 May

Tuesday

Jyestha Amavasya

13 June

Wednesday

Jyeshtha Amavasya

13 July

Friday

Ashadha Amavasya

11 August

Saturday

Shravana Amavasya

09 September

Sunday

Bhadrapada Amavasya

09 October

Tuesday

Ashwin Amavasya

07 November

Wednesday

Kartik Amavasya

07 December

Friday

Margashirsha Amavasya

Is Amavasya (New Moon) Inauspicious?

According to Vedic Astrology, no important ceremony should be celebrated on the night of Amavasya, as moon is considered an important planet which is not visible on the night of Amavasya.

So, the big question here is whether Amavasya (New Moon) is inauspicious or not? According to various anonymous beliefs, all types of tantras are done on this night. As Amavasya night is very dark, so it is said to be the ideal time to invoke various occult powers. Also, people avoid travelling during this time as Amavasya (No Moon night) can invite problems. Since, Moon provides light and if it is not there, then darkness can cause problems during your journey.

Kali Puja is also performed on Amavasya to get rid of all evil powers, as Goddess Kali can overcome all the evil spirits. As per beliefs, on the night of Amavasya, spirits get unusual powers. Hence, Goddess Kali is worshiped on Amavasya, so that the evil spirits can be evaded.

Now, you must be thinking that Diwali , a very auspicious festival, falls on Amavasya night. This is the reason why Amavasya should be considered as auspicious night. On Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped along with Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati. So, all in all, Amavasya (New Moon) is not inauspicious as the holy festival of Diwali is celebrated on this night. Also, it marks the beginning of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of a month.

Now, we will tell you about the different types of Amavasya (New Moon) that occur every year.

Paush Amavasya

According to Hindu Calendar, the period of December and January is known as Pausha Masa. The Amavasya (New Moon) occurring in this month is called Paush Amavasya. This year in 2018, Paush Amavasya is occurring on January 16.

People who are suffering from Pitru Dosha, donate food and clothes to get relief. This Amavasya is considered to be ideal for doing Shraddha for your ancestors. Paush Amavasya is said to be a very auspicious day to appease your forefathers.

People who want to get rid of the harmful effects of planets like Rahu & Ketu can get benefits by donating clothes and food on this day.

Mauni (Magha) Amavasya

According to Hindu Calendar, Mauni (Magha) Amavasya comes in the middle of Magha month. This year in 2018 Mauni Amavasya is occurring on February 15. As per Hindu tradition, the holy water of Ganga river turns into Amrit (elixir) on Mauni Amavasya. It is considered to be very auspicious if someone takes a dip into Ganga river on Mauni Amavasya.

Maun means to remain silent, so on Mauni Amavasya people keep fast of not uttering a word whole day.

It is believed that the universe was created on this day. Mauni Amavasya is said to be the most auspicious day during Kumbh Mela, as the Triveni Sangam bath is performed on this day, which makes one healthy.

So, you may plan your trip to Sangam this Mauni Amavasya.

Hariyali Amavasya

The Amavasya observed during Hindu month Shravan is known as Hariyali Amavasya. Usually, this Amavasya comes near Hariyali Teejand that’s why it is called Hariyali Amavasya. This year in 2018, Hariyali Amavasya is occurring on August 11.

Lord Krishna is worshiped on this day and the day is celebrated all over the world where Krishna devotees are present. This Amavasya holds a special significance in Mathura and Vrindavan. The Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan is decorated with flowers to make a Phool Bangla (flower house). A number of devotees visit this temple in huge crowds to get the blessings of Lord Krishna.

It seems that it would be a nice idea to visit Banke Bihari, Vrindavan this Hariyali Amavasya.

Somvati Amavasya

The Amavasya that falls on Monday is known as Somvati Amavasya. According to Hindu religion, women perform fast on this day for the long life of their husbands.

Married women perform Parikrama (rounds) around Peepal tree, which holds a divine significance in Indian culture, for about 108 times. A sacred thread is tied around Peepal tree by women as part of the ritual on Somvati Amavasya.

There is a legend associated with Somvati Amavasya which is as follows:

The Legend of Somvati Amavasya

According to epic Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamaha narrated the legend of Somvati Amavasya to Yudhisthira.

The legend is about a money lender who was very happy with his family of seven sons and one daughter. All the sons of the money lender were married, but his daughter was still in search of a perfect match for her. The money lender had a friend who was a Pandit. Whenever Pandit visited his place, he blessed all the daughters-in-laws of money lender, but never his daughter. The daughter of the money lender was very upset with this behavior of the Pandit. Once the wife of the money lender asked Pandit about his weird behavior with her daughter. He told her about the misfortune of her daughter and said that she may become a widow. At this, the mother asked him about the solution for this problem. As a solution, the Pandit talked about a washerwoman living on Singhal island. He said that if the washerwomen puts Sindoor (vermilion) on the forehead of her daughter, she will become fortunate. Hearing this, the girl went to the Singhal island and met the washerwomen. She asked him to put Sindoor on her forehead. But, for that she had to impress the washerwomen and she made her happy with her service. Washerwomen fulfilled her wish by putting the Sindoor on her forehead. After that, her fate changed. She got married and lived happily with her husband.

Since then, women follow rituals on the day of Somvati Amavasya for the long life of their husbands.

So, every woman should perform a fast on this auspicious day of Somvati Amavasya, and attain blessings of a long life for their husbands.

Margashirsha Amavasya

According to Hindu Calendar, Margashirsha month comes in between mid October and mid November. The Amavasya (no moon) falling during this time is known as Margashirsha Amavasya. This month is said to be the month of devotion. Margashirsha Amavasya 2018 is on December 7. This month will have a special significance to devote yourself to Lord Krishna.

This day is considered to be very auspicious to start any religious work. The month of Margashirsha is the month to remember your ancestors. It is said that if you donate food and clothes on this particular day, it appeases your ancestors.

So, don't miss the chance of making your ancestors happy this Margashirsha Amavasya.

We hope that you have got all the information about the important Amavasya and the dates of Amavasya 2018.

Let's have a look over the fast of Amavasya and how it is done.

Amavasya (New Moon) : Observing The Fast

Many people in India will observe fast on Amavasya (New Moon). People usually keep Maun Vrat (fast of keeping silence) on Amavasya.

As per Lord Vishnu Sayings in Garuda Purana, offering food to your ancestors on Amavasya is considered highly auspicious. If you do not offer food to them, they may become angry on you. By fasting on Amavasya, one can donate food and clothes to appease their forefathers.

So, this is how the fast of Amavasya is performed by people in India. Utilize the best of this information in Amavasya or New Moon.

We hope that this article of Amavasya 2018 (New Moon 2018) will be helpful to you and you will keep your ancestors happy by performing this fast.

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