Vaishakha Amavasya Significance, Rituals, and Fasting
The beginning of the bright fortnight of this lunar month is called Shukla Paksha. According to the Panchang, this year 8 May 2024 is Wednesday in the month of Vaishakha. Wednesday is a special day on this day, so it is also called Bhaum Amavasya because Bhaum means Wednesday. Apart from this, another name for Vaishakha Amavasya is also Satwari Amavasya.
As no moon is visible on this night, it is the darkest night of the month, hence it is considered an inauspicious day. According to popular beliefs, Tantriks and black magic practitioners consider this time most suitable for Tantra Sadhana as they believe that evil forces are more dominant during this time.
Bathing and worship recitation have special importance on Amavasya. According to the Hindu calendar, the size of the moon gradually decreases in the Krishna Paksha and the moon completely disappears on the last day of the Krishna Paksha, this is called Amavasya.
Significance of Vaishakha Amavasya
Amavasya has a lot of importance in Hinduism. Amavasya Tithi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On this day Lord Narayana is worshiped with rituals. Amavasya Tithi falls once every month. On this day, tarpan or Sacrifice is also made for the peace of the souls of the ancestors. Bathing in holy rivers has special importance on Amavasya Tithi. According to the Hindu calendar, Vaishakh is the new moon day of Krishna Paksha and this day coincides with Saturday. Because of this Shanichari Amavasya will be celebrated on this day. After bathing in the river, offerings are made to the forefathers. According to religious beliefs, on the day of Amavasya, women fast for the long life of their marrow.
Shani Jayanti is celebrated on Vaishakh Amavasya in South India. Therefore, the worship of Shani Dev has special importance on this day. On the day of Vaishakh Amavasya, one should do religious work, bath, charity, and sacrifice for the sake of ancestors. Amavasya day is considered very providential for all these works.
Astrological remedies are also done on Amavasya Tithi, which this day is also considered beneficial to get rid of Kalsarp Dosha. On this day, measures are also taken for the peace of ancestors, removal of planetary defects, etc. On the day of Amavasya, one should avoid consuming vindictive things and should not get intoxicated. Negative thinking increases in a person on this day, so more and more time should be spent on religious works.
Vaishakha Amavasya Puja Method
Shani Jayanti is also celebrated on the day of Vaishakha Amavasya, so on this day Shani Dev should be worshiped by offering sesame seeds, mustard oil, and blue flowers, etc. On the day of Vaishakha Amavasya, water should be offered to the Peepal tree in the early morning. On this day in the evening, a lamp must be lit under the Peepal tree. On Vaishakha Amavasya, for the peace of the souls of the ancestors, do tarpan and keep fast. Donate charity, clothes, etc. to a poor person on this day. On Vaishakha Amavasya, take a bath in a river, reservoir or holy bank or pond, etc., and offer Arghya to the Sun God and flow sesame seeds in the flowing water. Worshiping Hanuman ji along with Shani Dev on this day is also fruitful. Shani Dev's Aarti, Chalisa, Stotra, etc. should be recited as more as possible.
Story of Vaishakha Amavasya
According to mythology, in ancient times there used to be a Brahmin named Dharmavarna. This Brahmin was of a very religious nature, he observed fast and used to take knowledge from sages and sages while respecting them. Once a Brahmin heard from a Mahatma that in Kaliyuga there is no greater merit in any work than remembering the name of Lord Vishnu. The virtue that was obtained by performing Yagya in other ages will be much more virtuous by chanting the name of God in this fierce Kaliyuga. Dharmavarna imbibed this and being disillusioned with the worldly life, he took sannyasa and started traveling. One day while traveling, he reached Pitrlok. There the forefathers of Dharmavarna were in great distress, the forefathers told him that their condition was due to the renunciation of Dharmavarna as there is no one left to do pinda dan for them. If you go back and start a household life, and produce children, then you can get relief. Additionally, on the day of Vaishakh Amavasya, do Pinddaan according to the rules and regulations. Dharmavarna promised him that he would definitely fulfill his expectations. After this, Dharmavarna returned to his worldly life and on Vaishakh Amavasya, he got rid of his forefathers by doing pinda dan according to the rules and regulations.
One should get up in Brahma Muhurta on Vaishakha Amavasya. Then after retiring from daily work, take bath at holy places of pilgrimage. Bathing in rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, etc. is said to be very important. Bathing can also be done in holy lakes. After bathing, offer Arghya to the Sun God and flow mole in the flowing water. Since Shani Jayanti is also celebrated in some areas on this day, Shani Dev should be worshiped by lighting oil, sesame seeds, lamps, etc. You can also recite Shani Chalisa or chant Shani mantras. According to your ability, you must also give to charity and Dakshina. If you want detailed information about Vaishakh Amavasya, then talk to astrology.