The traditional Hindu calendar defines Darsha Amavasya as the No Moon Night. The Moon is completely absent at night on this day. It holds great importance for Hindus who follow the Lunar calendar and dedicate the day for the worship of Chandra Dev or the Moon God to seek his divine blessings.
Darsha Amavasya Meaning
Amavasya or Amavasi means a day when the moon is not visible in the sky. It is the first night of the first quarter of the Lunar month and the fifteenth day of the waning moon phase. It marks the end of the Krishna Paksha tithi.
Darsha Amavasya 2020
If an Amavasya tithi starts after sunset and extends till night, it is observed as a No Moon Night and holds significance as Darsha Amavasya. Here are important dates and timings of occurrence of Darsha Amavasya in 2020:
||Start & End Time
|Amavasya tithi in January, 2020
||Jan 24, 2:17 am - Jan 25, 3:11 am
|Amavasya tithi in February, 2020
||Feb 22, 7:03 pm - Feb 23, 9:01 pm
|Amavasya tithi in March, 2020
||Mar 23, 12:30 pm - Mar 24, 2:58 pm
|Amavasya tithi in April, 2020
||Apr 22, 5:38 am - Apr 23, 7:55 am
|Amavasya tithi in May, 2020
||May 21, 9:36 pm - May 22, 11:08 pm
|Amavasya tithi in June, 2020
||Jun 20, 11:52 am - Jun 21, 12:11 pm
|Amavasya tithi in July, 2020
||Jul 20, 12:10 am - Jul 20, 11:02 pm
|Amavasya tithi in August, 2020
||Aug 18, 10:40 am - Aug 19, 8:11 am
|Amavasya tithi in September, 2020
||Sep 16, 7:57 pm - Sep 17, 4:30 pm
|Amavasya tithi in October, 2020
|Oct 16, 4:53 am - Oct 17, 1:01 am
|Amavasya tithi in November, 2020
|Nov 14, 2:18 pm - Nov 15, 10:37 am
|Amavasya tithi in December, 2020
|Dec 14, 12:44 am - Dec 14, 9:46 pm
Darsha Amavasya Date
The date for next Krishna Paksha Amavasya tithi is on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Amavasya will start at 11:52 AM on June 20 and will end at 12:11 PM, on June 21.
Darsha Amavasya Story
As per mythological facts the relevance of Darsha Amavasya is associated with the story of a Barhishadha born child Acchoda. The girl was deeply anguished as she longed for fatherly love which created a vacuum in her life. Barhishadhas are referred to as souls that survive on Somras (Som means happiness,peace and Ras means juice). Acchoda’s desire made her fall from heavens as she pleaded for help from her Pitru Loka souls who advised her to take birth on the Earth as the daughter of King Amavasi. Acchoda took birth as the king’s daughter and was very happy as her father was highly pious, noble and gave her all comforts of a princely life. To express her gratitude to the Holy souls of Pitru Loka, Acchoda arranged for a Pitru Puja for their Moksha. This was a shradh day which happened to fall on a No Moon night and was named after King Amavasi. It is since then that this day is religiously celebrated as Darsha Amavasya, a day to offer Shradh to deceased ancestors to mollify their souls and help them to lead towards salvation.
Darsha Amavasya Benefits
A person can gain multiple benefits on Darsha Amavasya . Here are a listed few :
- As the day is dedicated to the Moon who is the Lord of emotions and nurturer of plant and animal life on Earth, one can gain good fortune and prosperity in life by worshipping it.
- The day’s fasting helps to reduce delays and reversals in life.
- A person can gain spiritual sensitivity, wisdom, purity and good intentions.
- Worshipping forefathers for their peaceful afterlife is considered as the most important part of this day.
- People also invoke the Moon God to get rid of the birth and death cycle and gain good fortune.
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Darsha Amavasya Significance
Amavasya holds great significance in Hinduism. It is also referred to as the ‘New Moon Day’. On this day spirits are supposed to be more effective and therefore, one is advised to keep away from evil actions or negative thoughts on Amavasya. The day is also considered auspicious to perform Pitra Daan, Pitra Visarjan or the donation in the name of deceased ancestors.
Darsha Amavasya Fasting Procedure
Fasting is an integral part of Darsha Amavasya. Devotees follow the given fasting procedure:
- As soon as they finish off with their morning chores like bathing and wearing tidy Puja clothes, they get themselves engaged in Puja arrangements.
- Idols of Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu are ceremoniously worshipped.
- People read the Amavasya Vrat katha and worship the Chandra yantra for peace and prosperity.
- They survive the entire day without food and water and only indulge in deep prayer and meditation.
- Darsha Amavasya fasting starts on the Amavasya tithi and concludes only after sighting the Moon on the Chandra Darshan Day.
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Darsha Amavasya Rituals
Among all Amavasya, Darsha Amavasya is referred to as the most important in Hindu culture in accordance with the Lunar-Solar calendar. Here are some of the rituals performed on Darsha Amavasya.
- Special attention is given to all religious activities such as chanting mantras, worshipping deities, revering gods and goddesses and performing Puja rituals.
- Moon god is invoked though one cannot see the moon in the sky.
- Offering prayers and doing Shradh sacraments is considered highly auspicious.
- As evil forces or energies are at their peak, many Tantric pujas and black magic practices are also carried on this day.
- Worshipping the nurturer of animal and plant life, the Moon protects these living species on Earth.
- Goddess Kali is invoked to gain wealth and ward off diseases.
- It is the best occasion to perform Kal Sarpa Dosha puja. Natives with Pitru Dosha in their horoscope can also perform Tripindi Shradh.
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