PHALGUN AMAVASYA

DATE AND PUNCHANG

Date: 02 March 2022

Tithi: Pratipada up to 21:42

Nakshatra: Purva Bhadrapada up to 25:50

Yoga: Sadhya up to 27:23

First Karana: Kinstughna up to 10:19

Second Karana: Bava up to 21:42

Day: Thursday

Hindus regard Phalguna Amavasya to be a significant day because they believe it is the best day to pay tribute to ancestors. People think that the moon cycle has a direct impact on the human body, hence celebrations like New Moon Day and Full Moon Day are significant. In Hindi, the New Moon Day is called  Amavasya. . While the word Amavasya is linked to a number of superstitions and supernatural beliefs because it is the darkest night of the month, Phalguna Amavasya is a significant day in the Hindi calendar.

There are twelve Amavasyas in a year since the Hindu calendar specifies that each month has thirty tithis and the Moon is not visible in the middle of the month. Phalguna Amavasya occurs in the month of Phalguna and is mirrored in the Georgian calendar as the months between February and April. On this day, family members assemble to pay homage to their deceased forefathers and ask for their blessings. In India, this practise is called as Shradh/Tarpan. People believe that today is the best day to remove Pitru Dosha, a curse that may have been handed down from the ancestors or generated by battles between the ancestor and the praying members. This Dosha can be corrected and the rest of the family can be healed by performing the sacred puja. On this day, devotees who dwell near-sacred rivers take a holy bath before daybreak and perform religious rites there. In India, this practise is called as Shradh/Tarpan. People believe that today is the best day to remove Pitru Dosha, a curse that may have been handed down from the ancestors or generated by battles between the ancestor and the praying members. This Dosha can be corrected by performing the sacred pooja.

Under the direction of a priest, the puja is subsequently performed, which includes offering dhoop, deep, and naivedya to the deceased ancestors. As a mark of respect, special meals are served to the brahmins when the procedure is completed. Praying members usually practise a Vrat, or day-long fast, and pray for their ancestors to achieve Moksha.

RITUALS TO BE PERFORMED ON PHALGUN AMAVASYA

People take a sacred bath before daybreak on this day and then execute all morning rituals.

People execute tarpan and shraddha rituals for their deceased forefathers or ancestors on the eve of Phalguna Amavasya.

The shraddha rites are held on the banks of sacred rivers, in temples, or in people’s homes. A learned priest prays for the salvation and serenity of the ancestors who have passed away.

As part of the Shraddha ceremony, people offer dhoop, flowers, a blend of water and barley, and Diya to the deceased ancestors.

For seeking the divine blessings of the forebears, til dan and pinda trapan rituals are also done.

Special meals are served to the brahmins after the tarpan and other shraddha ceremonies are completed.

The Brahmins are provided with food, clothing, and other necessities.

People also observe a fast of Phalguna Amavasya.

BENEFITS OF PHALGUN AMAVASYA

  • It aids in obtaining God Moon’s and Lord Yama’s blessings.
  • It aids in the relief of the forebears’ souls and assists them in obtaining salvation • It frees the family of the observers from all types of sins and barriers in their lives
  • It aids in the blessing of children with a prosperous and long life.

 

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