According to the Vedas, the Moon control a person’s emotions and expressions. This is often why some people tend to behave differently, or experience mood-swings around the time of Amavasya.
In earlier times, on Amavasya, people would not work, and instead would rest and take a holiday. Most people often refrain from buying new things or starting a new activity or business on the day of Amavasya. They also would avoid traveling around the time of Amavasya, as there was no light to guide the traveler.
Devotees pray to Lord Shiva to show them ‘light’, as he is linked to the Moon in the Hindu scriptures.
Amavasya 2019 will be observed on 13 days. To those who wish to celebrate the festival, the list of Amavasya 2019 includes -
Pausha Amavasya on 5th January,
Magha Amavasya on 4th February,
Phalguna Amavasya on 6th March,
Chaitra Amavasya on 5th April,
Vaishakha Amavasya on 4th May,
Jyestha Amavasya on 3rd June,
Ashadha Amavasya on 2nd July,
Shravana Amavasya on 1st August,
Bhadrapada Amavasya on 30th August,
Ashwina Amavasya on 28th September,
Kartika Amavasya on 28th October,
Margashirsha Amavasya on 26th November,
Paush Amavasya on 26th December.
Traditional celebrations include people keeping a fast (Amavasya vrat) and performing Amavasya Puja Vidhi for their forefathers. The Amavasya before the period of Navratri is considered an auspicious time to offer prayers to the souls of departed loved-ones so that their souls rest in peace. Food is also offered to the ancestors.
The custom of offering food is based on the popular story of Karna, a famous character in the epic Mahabharata, who was not able to get any food after death. When Karna was alive, he was very charitable, giving people gold and other items, but not feeding the poor or hungry. After his death, Lord Yama advised Karna to go back to Earth and feed people, so he does not go hungry in the afterlife.
And so, on Amavasya days, many people also give food to the poor and even hold langars.
It is also believed that those born on the day of Amavasya generally have a long life, and spend most of their time traveling to exotic, foreign lands. These people are also highly intelligent, and constantly on the lookout to expand their knowledge.
Many believe that Amavasya is not an auspicious time. On this day, the presence of evil spirits on Earth is believed to be stronger. However, astrologers and other occult professionals regard Amavasya as highly auspicious days. It is believed that remedies performed, to reduce economic, personal, or familial hardships, on Amavasya are often resolved successfully. Doing pujas can also help devotees become more calm and peaceful.
On the day of Amavasya, it is advised that you throw away items that are not of use, and light a candle or diya at night in your prayer-room or temple. This can help you get rid of tension and reduce your stress.
With the next Amavasya day being on June 3rd, log on to Astroyogi.com and consult our expert astrologers and tarot readers to learn what remedies to do to ensure a better and more successful year ahead.
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