Amavasya in January 2018 falls on Tuesday, 16th January 2018. This Amavasya is called as Magha Amavasya. Amavasya is considered highly auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. It is the first day of the lunar month, Amavasya is highly suitable to conduct worships and pitra puja. Here is some of the importance of Magha Amavasya.
Magha Amavasya story
Once upon a time, the gods and demons churned the milky ocean in pursuit of nectar in their effort to become immortal. The Mandara hill was used as a means for churning rod and snake Vasuki was used as the rope to churn the ocean. There were several things that were emanated from the ocean and the gods and demons distribute it among themselves. At the end of the process, Lord Dhanvantari emerged from the ocean with the nectar pot.
The nectar drops in the rivers
There was quarrel between the gods and demons for the nectar pot and in the process, few drops fell on the rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Therefore it is believed that the river water on the day of Magha Amavasya is filled with nectar qualities.
The Amavasya in January 2018 is also called as Mauni Amavasya. On this day people observe the vow of silence on this day. Those who observe the practice of silence fast retreat to a secluded place and engage themselves in meditation and puja. This practice on this day is believed to wash away one’s sins in addition addition to mastering over their minds and the senses
Amavasya Vrat Vidhi
The day of Amavasya is meant to be spent on worshipping God. On this day, people woke up early in the morning and take holy dip in holy water. After then, the picture of Lord Shiva and Vishnu is installed in the Puja alta and puja is performed. There is a day-long fast on the Amavasya day and the fast is concluded the next morning after repeating the puja.
Pitru Puja and Amavasya
It is said that the Pitru puja or ancestral worship is done on this day will invite the blessings of the ancestors. On this day it is advised to do Pinda Daan, Tila Tarpan and food offerings to the ancestors. When crows are fed on this day, it is believed that the ancestors come in the form of crow.
Dos and Don’ts on Amavasya
Eating non-vegetarian foods is strictly prohibited on Amavasya. As far as possible, eat only Satvik food without many spices. It is believed that good work can be started on this Amavasya and it also depends on the family and local tradition because some people consider it as an auspicious day while some consider it as an inauspicious day.