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Aadi Amavasya is the New Moon Day that falls in the Tamil month of Aadi (July–August). Aadi Amavasya is one among the three most powerful New Moon days to offer Tarpanam (ancestral ritual) to honor your ancestors and receive their eternal blessings.
Legend of Aadi Amavasya
According to the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, every human soul is indebted to the Trinity — Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, with three crucial debts. ‘Pitru Rin’ (Debt to ancestors) is one among them, which is offered to Lord Brahma. This debt can be cleared when the next generation perform Tarpanam (ancestral ritual) to their ancestors to elevate their souls to the higher plane.
Significance of Aadi Amavasya
The month of Aadi is considered to be highly auspicious as the divine beings bless the Earth with their grace and answer your prayers. Offering Tarpanam for your ancestors on Aadi Amavasya can help their souls attain Moksha (salvation) and also confer their blessings upon you.
It is believed that on Aadi Amavasya, spirits are more willing to accept the offerings and are satiated when their successor perform Tarpanam rituals for them. In addition, every year during the month of Aadi, the Sun moves towards the South, which is called ‘Dakshinayanam’ (‘Dakshin’ means south and ‘Ayana’ means to travel). Since this is the first New Moon day during Sun’s downward movement, it is regarded as the most powerful day for performing Tarpanam to your ancestors.
Astrologically, on any Amavasya day (New Moon day), the Sun and the Moon will be in the same sign. The Sun signifies your soul and father, whereas, the Moon signifies your mind and mother. Aadi Amavasya assumes greater importance because the Sun and the Moon dwell in the sign Cancer, ruled by the Moon.
Aadi Amavasya Rituals
Taking a holy dip in Theertham (Holy Waters- sacred river/sea) is considered as a pre-requisite to cleanse oneself of impurities, before performing Tarpanam. Most of the devotees usually gather at Agni Theertham at Rameshwaram in South India on this sacred day to perform Tarpanam rituals for their ancestors. Other Theerthams (Holy Waters) include Triveni Sangamam (Confluence of three rivers) in Kanyakumari and various holy Ghats on the banks of Cauvery River. One can observe complete or partial fasting with a single meal on this day to mark devotion towards their ancestors. Tarpanam performed on this day can satisfy the souls of ancestors and bestow the performer with abundance and good fortune.
Benefits of Aadi Amavasya Rituals
According to Garuda Purana, performing Tarpanam to ancestors on Aadi Amavasya day can bestow the following blessings:
- Liberate the souls of your departed ancestors
- Relieve you from negative karma
- Gift you with prosperity and happiness in life
- Bless your generation with good health, wealth and well-being
- Bestow you with longevity and success
- Relief from debts
- Destruction of enemies
- Good progeny
Connect With The Divine
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.