Importance of Amavasya - Amavasya Dates 2012

The night of new Moon is known Amavasya in Hindu religion. Amavasya is the first night of the first quarter of the lunar month. Sometimes, Amavasya is also known as no Moon night. This is because Moon cannot be seen on the night of Amavasya. Amavasya holds great importance in Hindu religion, tradition as well as culture. Hindus usually use this day for offerings to their dead ancestors. These offerings are known as Tharpanam. Many people believe that Amavasya is an auspicious day. However, there are others who consider it to be an inauspicious day. There has always been an ongoing debate whether Amavasya is an auspicious or inauspicious day.

The term Amavasya is usually used in all regional languages in India. The fortnight from the day of Amavasya is known as Shukla Paksha. Shukla Paksha means ‘the bright half of the month’. Mauni Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya are considered to be very auspicious. Mauni amavasya falls in the Hindu Magh month, which is January-February. On the other hand, Mahalaya Amavasya falls in the Ashwayuja month, which is September-October. In the same way, Amavasya falling in the Aadi month is of great importance in Tamil Nadu. On the other hand, Amavasya falling in the month of Karkidakam is of great importance in Kerala.

There are some regions in India where a partial or complete fast is observed on the day of Amavasya. In some areas, Amavasya is also considered to be an ideal day to perform black magic and other evil activities. With the absence of Moon, the night of Amavasya is totally dark, which provides the ideal setting to provoke evil powers. In ancient times, people were advised not to travel on the night of Amavasya. Though superstitions and different versions or legends gave this idea a mythological point of view, there are many who believe that travel was avoided due to the darkness caused by the absence of Moon. Travelling without light could create a lot of difficulties for the traveller and could be full of hardships.

There are many astrologers who advise not to carry out any auspicious activities on the night of Amavasya. This is because the Moon and other important planets of Hindu astrology are not visible on this night. However, there are many parts in India where auspicious activities are carried out on this day. But mostly, any new beginnings or large kind of auspicious ceremonies are not held on this day. Interestingly, the period of Amavasya to Purnima (also known as the full Moon night) is considered to be a person’s gradual awakening and transcendence to fullness. Some believe that this period calls for the gradual realization of the supreme soul.

Amavasya Dates in 2012

  • 23 January 2012 - Monday - Somvati Amavasya - Thai Amavasai
  • 21 February 2012 - Tuesday - Amavasya
  • 22 March 2012 - Thursday - Amavasya / Amavasi
  • 21 April 2012 - Saturday - Shani Amavasya / Sani Amavasya
  • 20 May 2012 - Sunday - Amavasya
  • 19 June 2012 - Tuesday - Amavasya
  • 18 July 2012 - Wednesday - Amavasya / Aadi Amavasai
  • 17 August 2012 - Friday - Amavasya / Amavasai
  • 15 September 2012 - Saturday - Shani Amavasya
  • 15 October 2012 - Monday - Somvati Amavasya / Mahalaya Amavasya
  • 13 November 2012 - Tuesday - Amavasya - Diwali
  • 13 December 2012 - Thursday - Amavasya

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