Category: Hindu holidays
As per the Hindu calendar, there are a total of 30 Tithis (lunar) and Amavasya is observed in mid of every month. Amavasya is also known as No-Moon Day as on this day, the moon is completely invisible from the sky. It is one of the darkest nights of the month.
When the no moon day or the Amavasya is observed in the specific month of Paush according to the Hindu calendar, then that particular Amavasya is called as Paush Amavasya. It is considered as an inauspicious day when the negative energies and evil powers are stronger in comparison with other days. Paush Amavasya is regarded as highly pertinent for performing Shradh and Tarpan for the dead ancestors. It is a day when black magic is performed with higher intensity.
Paush Amavasya is observed during the Paush month on the 15th day of the dark fortnight according to the Hindu calendar. The day falls in the month of January or December as per the Gregorian calendar.
According to the Hindu calendar, Paush month (also known as Pushya maas) is the tenth month which is considered highly significant for worshipping gods and performing rituals for the dead ancestors. The Paushya month is also well known as the Paush Masam of the Sowbhagya Lakshmi Masam. As per the scriptures and Hindu mythology, it is believed that it is auspicious to worship Dhana Lakshmi and Dhanya Lakshmi which are the two forms of Goddess Lakshmi on the eve of Paush Amavasya in order to get bestowed with their divine blessings, abundance and wealth.
By donating clothes and food or performing the Ann and Vastra Daan on the particular day of Paush Amavasya, the devotees can decrease the ill-effects of planets Ketu, Rahu, Shani, and Jupiter. Natives who are under the Antardasha or the Mahadasha of these planets can attain benefits by doing donations and charity on Paush Amavasya.
For the individuals who are suffering from Shani Dosha or Pitra Dosha, Paush Amavasya is a significant day for observing the shradh ceremonies of the forefathers and deceased ancestors. Til Daan, Vastra Daan, Ann Daan, Pind Daan or any other form of Daan can be performed at the river bank, pilgrim spots, and temples to seek the blessings of ancestors. All such acts must be done under the guidance of learned priests so that they are done right and to attain utmost benefits out of it.
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