Know Why Ashwin Amavasya is The Most Significant of All Amavasyas!

As per the Hindu Panchang, the Amavasya of Krishna Paksha which arrives during the Ashwin month is also known as Pitru Visarjani Amavasya or Ashwin Amavasya. Shradh Paksha ends on this very day. It is believed that the ancestors who arrived on earth from Pitru Lok return to their respective places. 

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The most important thing about this Amavasya is that it falls during Pitru Paksha, due to which its importance gets enhanced. Keep reading this blog to know more about the Ashwin Amavasya of the year 2020.

Know All the Information Related to Ashwin Amavasya 2020

Ashwin Amavasya (September 17, 2020 i.e. Thursday)

Beginning of Amavasya: September 16, 2020 at 19:58:17 

End of Amavasya: September 17, 2020 at 16:31:32

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List of All the Other Amavasyas Falling This Year

Ashwin AmavasyaSeptember 17, 2020 i.e. Thursday
Ashwin AmavasyaOctober 16, 2020 i.e. Friday (Adhik)
Kartik Amavasya   November 15, 2020 i.e. Sunday
Margashirsha Amavasya    December 14, 2020 i.e. Monday,      Somvati Amavasya

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Why is Ashwin Amavasya Considered Different from All Other Amavasyas? 

According to the Hindu Panchang, the Amavasya of the Krishna Paksha which falls during the Ashwin month is known by the names of Sarv Pitru Amavasya, Ashwin Amavasya, Badmavas, and Darsh Amavasya. The duration of Shradh Paksha also ends on this day.

This basically means that our forefathers who have come to Earth in this duration return back to their worlds. In such a situation, it is quite important to organise the Shradh Paksha rituals by following all the necessary rites. It is said that if any person is unable to perform the Shradha of his ancestors, during the Pitru Paksha or forgets due to any reason, then that person must do the same on the occasion of Sarva Pitru Amavasya. On this day, one should send off their forefathers and bid them adieu with all the rites and rituals.

Brahmins are served food on this day and are given donations. Being satisfied with this, our forefathers bless all the family members with happiness and prosperity before leaving for their respective places.

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Religious Beliefs Associated with Ashwin Amavasya

It is believed that Pitru Paksha ends on the day of Ashwin Amavasya. Therefore, worshipping one’s forefathers is considered highly significant. On this very day, people take baths in holy rivers, Kund etc. After this, water is offered to the Sun followed by Nimit Tarpan for the departed souls.  

.In the evening, a Diya/lamp is lit and Puris along with other eatables are placed at the door. There is a belief behind this that the forefathers must not be hungry and see their respective places clearly in the light of diya/lamp while they are returning to their heavenly abode.  

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 In addition to this, if somebody does not have any notion about the Shradh Tithi of his/her ancestors, then their Shradh can also be performed on this day. If you have not been able to perform Tarpan during the entire Shradh Paksha, then on this very day, the same can be performed. Also, it is believed that one is blessed with prosperity if he/she serves the needy with food according to their financial ability.

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Importance of Ashwin Amavasya

The day of Ashwin Amavasya is considered highly auspicious for worshipping one’s forefathers. This day is also known as Sarva Pitru Amavasya and Mahalaya Visarjan. Not only because of the Shradh rituals, but this day is also significant from an esoteric/Tantric point of view. Shardiya Navratri commences from the very next day after the end of Ashwin Amavasya.

Shraddha Vidhi

  • On the day of Sarva Pitru Amavasya, take a bath in the morning and recite Gayatri Mantra while offering water to the Sun.  
  • After this, prepare purified food items for your ancestors.
  • Do not use garlic and onion in the food made for ancestors.
  • Invite a Brahmin scholar at home and serve him with food and donate as per your financial ability. 
  • Light two, five or sixteen diyas/lamps in the evening.

Specific Rituals to Follow on This Day

  • On the day of any Amavasya, performing Tarpan of forefathers while facing the South direction is considered extremely important. 
  • Also, recite the Path of Pitru Stotra. 
  • In addition to this, offer black sesame, sugar, rice and flowers to a Peepal tree and chant ‘Om’ to earn blessings on the day of Amavasya.  
  • Recitation of Neelkanth Stotra is considered highly significant in order to be blessed with special fruits. 
  • Over and above, recite the Sarpa Sukta Paath on the Panchami Tithi and Sri Narayana Kavach on the day of Puranmashi i.e. full Moon day. 
  • Apart from this, make donations to Brahmins as per your financial ability and serve them with food. 
  • On this day, visit a Shiva temple and offer raw milk and curd to Lord Shiva. 
  • For leading a prosperous and happy life, follow the rituals as explained above.

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