Jyeshtha Amavasya 2020

Jyeshtha is categorised by hot and humid temperatures as it falls in the summer months of May and June. As people face the scorching heat of the Sun in these months, it is dedicated to the importance of water in life, and hence festivals associated with water are celebrated during this month. The Hindu calendar marks the Lunar month from Purnima to Purnima which is known as the Purnimanta calendar and the Lunar month from  Amavasya to Amavasya as Amanta calendar. Jyestha is the third Lunar month as per this calendar. It falls in the Krishna Paksha tithi of the Jyeshtha month. In 2020, there are 12 Amavasya days falling one after the other in each month. The 30th tithi of Jyeshtha month is called ‘ Jyeshtha Amavasya’. Jyeshtha Amavasya is also called Jeth Amavasya, Darsha Amavasya and Bhavuka Amavasya.

Jyeshtha Amavasya 2020 Date

Jyeshtha Amavasya will be occurring in 2020 on the given dates as below:

24th January (Friday)

Amavasya time begins = 2:17 am on 24th January, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 3:11 am on 25th January, 2020

23rd February (Sunday)

Amavasya time begins = 7:02 pm on 22nd February, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 9:01 pm on 23rd February, 2020

24th March (Tuesday)

Amavasya time begins = 12:30 pm on 23rd March, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 2:57 pm on 24th March, 2020

22nd April, 2020 (Wednesday)

Amavasya time begins = 5:37 am on 22nd April, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 7:55 am on 23rd April, 2020

22nd May (Friday)

Amavasya time begins = 9:35 pm on 21st May, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 11:08 pm on 22nd May, 2020

21st June, 2020 (Sunday)

Amavasya time begins = 11:52 am on 20th June, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 12:10 pm on 21st June, 2020

20th July (Monday)

Amavasya time begins = 12:10 am on 20th July, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 11:02 pm on 20th July, 2020

19th August, 2020 (Wednesday)

Amavasya time begins = 10:39 am on 18th August, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 8:11 am on 19th August, 2020

17th September, 2020 (Thursday)

Amavasya time begins = 7:56 pm on 16th September, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 4:29 pm on 17th September, 2020

16th October (Friday)

Amavasya time begins = 4:52 am on 16th October, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 1:00 am on 17th October, 2020

15th November (Sunday)

Amavasya time begins = 2:17 pm on 14th November, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 10:36 am on 15th November, 2020

14th December (Monday)

Amavasya time begins = 12:44 am on 14th December, 2020, Amavasya time ends = 9:46 pm on 14th December, 2020

Jyeshtha Amavasya Significance

  • Amavasya or No Moon Day, is distinguished as Jyeshtha Amavasya as per the traditional Hindu calendar. The day is believed inauspicious to start new activities or ventures as negative energies are at their peak.
  • Amavasya falling on Monday is called Somvati Amavasya while the one falling on Saturday is called Shani Amavasya.
  • As per ancient religious beliefs, Lord Shani, the significator of Karma, was born on Jyeshtha Amavasya and therefore, the day is also celebrated as Shani Jayanti. Suryaputra Shani is one among the Navgrahas in Hindu astrology and is also known as Shanaishchara. 
  • The day of Jyeshtha Amavasya is also believed to be auspicious for performing Tantric pujas, black magic and Kal Sarpa Dosha puja.
  • Jyeshtha Amavasya is highly propitious for performing Pind Daan (Tarpan) to mollify the souls of deceased forefathers.

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About Jyeshtha Amavasya

The Hindu calendar or Panchang calculates a total of thirty tithis ( Lunar) and a No Moon Night or Amavasya which usually falls in the middle of the month. As the name suggests Jyeshtha Amavasya falls in the Jyeshtha month of the Hindu calendar. This time of the month is not considered suitable to commence auspicious openings. One must donate things to specially abled and the poor on this day. Providing food to Brahmins bears fruits equivalent to that of Sahastra Godan ( thousand cows). Donating items made of milk or any other white items on Amavasya is said to bring positive results from the Moon.

Jyeshtha Amavasya Story

  • Jyeshtha Amavasya is related to the birth of Lord Shani, who was the son of Lord Surya and Devi Chhaya. As per the legend, Suryadev was married to Sangya and was blessed with three children Manu, Yama and Yamuna. Despite living with Suryadev, Sangya was unable to bear the light (Tej) of the Sun god and therefore, she left her shadow Chhaya to serve him. The union of the two soon bore a son called ‘Shanidev’. But, unfortunately, Suryadev learnt the truth about Chhaya not being Sangya and refused to accept Shani as his son. Since then Shani and Surya dislike each other though being father and son.
  • Jyeshtha Amavasya is also associated with the story of Satyavan-Savitri who are worshipped along with Lord Yamraj on this day. As per the legend Savitri was married to a penniless prince Satyavan who lost his kingdom and fell on bad days. In spite of being warned by a sage, who predicted the early death of Satyavan within a year of marriage, Savitri stood bent on marrying him. One day when Yamraj stood before Savitri to take her husband’s life she intelligently asked for a boon of 100 sons. To this, Yamraj was pleased with her devotion and granted her the boon, lately realising the fact that to bear her 100 sons he would have to grant back her husband's life. Thus, this day is celebrated as the Vat-Savitri day by females.

Jyeshtha Amavasya Puja Vidhi

Puja Vidhi done on Jyeshtha Amavasya is as follows:

  • Devotees wake up early and bathe in sacred rivers in the Brahma Muhurta.
  • They offer Argh (water) to the Sun god and put sesame seeds in flowing water.
  • The day is observed by offering oblation to deceased forefathers for their peaceful afterlife.
  • People visit the Shani temple to offer mustard oil, black sesame seeds, blue flowers and chant the Shani-chalisa.
  • Women do the Vat-Vriksha (banyan tree) puja by tying sacred thread around it for longevity and prosperity of their husbands. They also worship Lord Yamraj on this day.
  • The day is also appropriate for performing the Kal Sarpa Dosha puja.

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Jyeshtha Amavasya Rituals

Jyeshtha Amavasya day is observed by following special Puja rituals. It is a day to invoke the Goddess and praise her. Pitru puja donation and offering food to Brahmins is said to give peace to the deceased souls of ancestors. A person experiencing Pitru Dosha in his/her horoscope, or a couple confronting issues of bearing children, or if Rahu is placed in the 9th house, then fasting on this day can bring auspicious results.

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