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Importance of Somavati Amavasya (No Moon)

The significance of the No Moon Night in Hinduism is very high. It is believed that the virtuous and pious deeds performed on this day, earn lots of great benefits. But if this No Moon Night falls on a Monday, its importance increases manifold. The No Moon which falls on a Monday, is called Somavati Amavasya. This auspicious occasion is coincidentally falling on 18th December, which is a Monday. For the long life of their husbands, this fast is observed by married women. The glory of this fast is stated in the ancient Indian scriptures and it is also called Ashvatth Pradakshina Vrat. Here, Ashwatthis referred to the Peepal tree. The glory of this day finds mention in the Mahabharata, in the Mahabharata period, the Great Grandfather Bhisma had explained this to Dharmaraj Yudhishthir about this fasting and said – On this day the person who takes bath in a holy river is blessed with happiness and all his sins are destroyed. On this day, the person who observesa fast, receives wealth and luxuries. It is believed that this bath results in the ancestors getting satisfaction. Monday, also happens to be the day dedicated to Lord Shiva, therefore on this day, after taking bath, Lord Shiva should be worshipped. Lord Shiva should be given offerings of water and also, the leaves of the Bel / Bilv Tree (Aegle Marmelos). According to Shiva Puran, the word Amavasya has been divided into two parts – Ama and Vasya, where Ama means the collection, the meaning of Vasya is Reside and the meaning of Som is Nectar, which means, in which all reside together, that NoMoon is referred to, as Somavati Amavasya.In the Somavati Amavasya, Peepal Tree also has a special significance. It is believed that the Peepal tree is inhabited by all the deities/ Gods. According to the rituals related to this fast, married women should worship the Peepal Tree with offerings of Milk, Water, Flowers, Akshat (unbroken raw rice), Sandalwood etc. and sacred thread should be wrapped around the Peepal Tree 108 times, while revolving around the Tree. At each and every revolution of the Peepal Tree, some Fruit, Dry Fruits, or Sweets should be offered, and after the completing the 108 revolutions, the entire offerings should be donated amongst the Brahmins and the poor. It is believed that the woman who performs all the rituals as per the procedures and provisions of the norms, observing the fast for 3 Somvati Amavasyas, all her worries and problems are resolved In some places, there is a provision to give Bhanwari. In this worship, offerings of Hard Turmeric, Money and Betel Leaf should be offered to the Basil (Tulsi) plant. On this day, the married woman, who make offerings of Vermilion to the Basil (Tulsi) plant, and then put the vermilion on their forehead, are blessed with the boon of forever being married, they will have husbands by their side, all their life. Somavati Amavasya is also known as Mauni (Silent) Amavasya, so to follow this fast, a fast of silence is to be observed and the person who is keeping this fast, should not speak to anyone before worshiping the Peepal Tree.  Somvati Amavasya, along with Lord Shiva,is also been referred to, as the Moon Day. One of the meaning of Som is also the Moon, and according to the ancient Indian scriptures, the Puranas, on the Day of Amavasya, the Nector of the Moon comes directly to the Earth and its effect is increased manifold, on the Somavati Amavasya. Therefore, the significance of the fasting, worship and religious works performed on this day increases manifold.

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