Introduction to Amavasya
'Amavasya' of New Moon denotes the final day of waning lunar phase when Moon vanishes completely after Krishna Paksha (waning period). Also known as ‘Amavasai’ in Tamil, this day is ideal for making ritual offerings (Tarpanam) to your ancestors, who have the power to elevate your status and bless you with a successful life.
Significance of Amavasya
New Moon is a powerful time to create a bonding with your maternal and paternal ancestors. Performing Tarpanam ritual on this day can break the energy blocks, negative vibrations and open a direct path to connect with the ancestors. Hence, invoke the blessings of your ancestors on Amavasya for a healthy, wealthy and negativity-free life. The influence of maternal and paternal ancestors is highly intense, and that is a vital factor for success and failure in life. As human beings, most of our thoughts come from our ancestors, as we not only inherit biological genes but also inherit the soul energy of them. To gain control of your destiny you need to establish a reciprocal relationship with your ancestors.
Mythology behind Amavasya
According to legend, when Karna was dead and moved to Heaven, he was offered gold and jewels to eat. When asked for real food to Indra, he replied Karna that he has donated only gold in his life and never offered food to his ancestors. Karna being unaware of whom his ancestors were, explained to Indra that he could perform rituals for his ancestors. Upon this, he was permitted to go to Earth for 15 days to offer Tarpanam to his ancestors in the form of food and water. This period of 15 days is called as Pitri Paksha, which culminates on an Amavasya.
Rituals of Amavasya Vrat (Fasting)
Amavasya or New Moon day is considered ideal for appeasing your ancestors through Tarpanam and Vrat (fasting). People begin the day with a holy bath at a sacred river (if feasible), or home with few sesame seeds dropped in the bathing water. Houses and Pooja altar are thoroughly cleaned. Avoid consuming non-vegetarian food and use of onion or garlic in cooking. Some people observe a whole day or partial fasting for their ancestors and break their fast by the end of the day. Freshly prepared food is offered to the Gods and the ancestors in the form of Pind Daan (rice balls with sesame seeds) or Tarpanam (ancestral rituals). Feeding crows on Amavasya is considered auspicious, as it is believed that the ancestors descend to the earth plane in the form of crows to accept our offerings. People also make charities to the poor and needy.
Amavasya is also considered propitious to worship Goddess Kali. Offering prayers to Kali on this day can remove negativity; help to absolve sins and karmic problems.
Benefits of Observing Amavasya Vrat (Fasting)
Observing Vrat (fasting) and offering Tarpanam to ancestors on Amavasya (New Moon day) can bestow the following benefits:
- Appease your ancestors and help receive their blessings
- Fulfillment of wishes
- Destroy evil forces
- Grant sound health, wealth, fortune and progeny
- Remove obstacles and bestow prosperity
- Rejuvenate mind and body
- Regulate acid content and improve digestion
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.