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Amavasya in 2013 »   7 October

Amavasya in 2014 »   1 January

Amavasya Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)

 

It is believed that the water of the most sacred and holy river in Hinduism, the Ganga, turns into the nectar on Mauni Amavasya day. Due to this belief Mauni Amavasya day is the most important day in Hindu calendar to take holy dip in the Ganges. 
 
According to North Indian calendar, Mauni Amavasya falls in the middle of Magha month and also known as Maghi Amavasya. Many people take pledge to take holy dip in the Ganges not only on Mauni Amavasya day but also during whole Magha Mahina. The daily bathing ritual starts on Paush Purnima and ends on Magha Purnima day. 
 
During Kumbh Mela, Mauni Amavasya is the most important bathing day at Prayag in Allahabad and known as the day of Amrit Yoga and the day of Kumbh Parva. 
 

Shraadh time

In India a full day is from one sunrise to next sunrise. A dinmaan (daytime) is from sunrise to sunset. A raatmaan (nighttime) is from sunset to next sunrise.

Daytime is divided into 5 equal parts as follows (assuming sunrise at 6 a.m. and sunset at 6 p.m.):

  1. Praatha – 06:00 to 08:24
  2. Sanghava – 08:25 to 10:48
  3. Maadhyaanha – 10:49 to 13:12
  4. Aparaanha – 13:13 to 15:36
  5. Saayankaal – 15:37 to 18:00

Shraadh is to be done in Aparaanha kaal. But the 30 food items preparation might start as early as 5:00 a.m. By the time the function finishes it would be 3:00 p.m. It is a tiring 10 hours continuous work for both husband and wife. But nowadays only a short cut 20 minute offering of oblation is done on Amavasya. Due to pressure of time in fast paced lives of cities, this function is done in (wrong time) Praatha kaal.

 

 

Amavasya Dates

Amavasya in 2013 »   7 October

Amavasya in 2014 »   1 January

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