Darsha Amavasya FESTIVAL India 2023

  • TypeType: Religious
  • Dates:19-Feb to 20-Feb-2023
  • Location:Tamil Nadu


The day when the moon is not seen in the sky is known as Amavasya or Amavasi, and it is on this day tarpan (remembrance rituals) for the dead are performed. Amavasya is the night when there is no moon, according to the Hindu lunar calendar. According to the lunar calendar, this is the first night of the first half of the month. Whether or not Amavasya is considered an auspicious or unfavourable day by religious people is still a point of contention today. Our movies, in which all sorts of terrible deeds and dark magic are committed on Amavasya, are to thank for this misconception. When the moon isn't visible, travelling on an Amavasya night was once considered risky.

The time between Amavasya and Purnima can be seen as a metaphor for coming out of sleep and into one's full potential. We say "Tomaso ma jyotir Gamay" to describe the journey from obscurity to the dawning awareness of the Supreme Soul.

The word "Amavasya" is widely used throughout all India. Some states celebrate it in January, while others celebrate it in February. Similar to how the new moon of the Magh month is known as "Mauni Amavasya," the new moon of the Ashwin month is known as "Mahalia Amavasya." The Tamil calendar places special significance on the Amavasi during the month of Aadi. Amavasya in the Karkidakam month is an important holiday in Kerala.

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Definition of Darsha Amavasya

The day the Moon is not seen in the sky is called Amavasya or Amavasi. This is the fifteenth day of the waning moon phase and the first night of the first half of the Lunar month. The Krishna Paksha tithi has come to an end. The moon is completely obscured from view at night on the day of Amavasya. Therefore, Amavasya and Darsha Amavasya might be held on different days depending on the tithi. Additional energy from the planets is radiated to Earth and absorbed by humans on the day of Amavasya. Darsha Amavasya most commonly causes mental disease and short temper in humans.

A Look Back at Darsha Amavasya

Legends describe Barhishadhas, immortal souls who reside on the Som Ras. Still, eventually, they had a child whom they named Acchoda. Acchoda suffered terribly because she yearned for a father's approval. Pitru Loka's spirits urged that Acchoda have a human birth as the daughter of King Amavasu, and she listened.

Acchoda listened to her father and became the daughter of a godfearing and virtuous monarch as he had instructed. He showed her tremendous affection. Acchoda held a puja after her father passed away to honour him and the departed residents of Pitru Loka. Accordingly, the day without the moon is critical for shraadh rites, and it was given the name "Amavasu" in honour of the king's tragic passing.

Darsha Amavasya is a day when many Hindus perform special rituals.

It is thought that if one fasted on Darsha Amavasya, their ancestors would be saved. People typically get up early on Darsha Amavasya to dip in a water body like a river or pond. In addition, they fast every morning, beginning with Amavasya Tithi. The fast must be maintained until the ending of Darsha Amavasya; only after a person has had a Chandra Darshan or a direct view of the moon may they break their fast.

As an additional good deed, some people give to the needy in the hope that it may bring their ancestors some degree of comfort in the hereafter. Til daan & panda tarpan are used in shradh rites. Lighting a mustard oil lamp under a peepal tree is also good in religious texts. As part of the tradition, people also present Lord Shani with blue flowers, black sesame seeds, and mustard oil.

Darsha Amavasya and its Significance

According to the Lunar-Solar calendar, the most huge and important Amavasya (new moon) in Hindu culture is Darsha Amavasya.

This significant Amavasya calls for a heightened concentration on religious practices, including reciting mantras, worshipping gods and goddesses, and engaging in rituals.

But on this day, when the moon is hidden from view, there is a special ceremony to honour the Moon God.

Ancestor worship (pitru) is also interpreted as a good omen.

During the night of Darsha Amavasya, many Tantric poojas are also performed.

The worship conducted on Darsha Amavasya protects the souls of birds and animals. It makes their path through life easier because Chandra Deva (Moon God) is also believed to be the nutrition of the life of birds and animals.

The Hanuman bhahuk route recommends worshipping Mother Kali if you want to be wealthy and politically successful.

The Kalasarpa Dosha puja and the Shradh sacraments can be performed on any Amavasya day (ceremonies). The time is right to do Tripindi Shradh if your horoscope shows evidence of a paternal fault.

Story Of Darsha Amavasya

The Night of the Absence of the Moon According to a tale, the Barhishadhas are immortal spirits kept alive by the holy nectar SomRas. Barhishadhas are immortal spirits who exist on the soma juice of infinity. Once upon a time, a Barhishadhas conceived a kid named Acchoda, who suffered great suffering due to her lack of a father and, as a result, longed desperately to know the affection of a real one. To fulfil this need, she began to plummet from on high. They told her to go to Earth and be born as the daughter of King Amavasu when she cried out for help in the Pitru Loka.

The pitrus (residents of the pitru Loka) advised Acchoda to be born as the daughter of the exceedingly devout and honourable King Amavasu, so that's what she did. She had a happy childhood as a member of the royal family, thanks to her father's undying affection. She wanted to show her appreciation to the Pitrus who had given her such sound counsel, so she planned to perform the Pitru puja for the Pitru Loka's residents. The no-moon day known as Shradh was given the moniker "King Amavas's Day" because of his prominence in history. Because of this, on the day of Amavasya, it is traditional to present Shradh to deceased relatives. After this, the night became known as Amavasya, and it became a common practice to honour the dead by lighting candles and reciting prayers known as Shradh.

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FAQs about Darsha Amavasya Festival

Q.Can we cut hair on Darsha Amavasya?
Getting a haircut is not a good idea when there is no moon.
Q.What should be avoided during Darsha Amavasya?
Engaging in sexual activity, consuming non-vegetarian fare, trimming nails, dousing oneself with oil, chowing down on rice or curd late at night, etc.
Q.Can we give money on Darsha Amavasya?
Amavasya is a day to honour the dead. Hence no celebrations or new beginnings are held on that day. Therefore, it is inappropriate to take money on Amavasya.
Q.Is Darsha Amavasya a good day to start something?
It is widely held that anything started today has no chance of succeeding.