Hariyali Amavasya is a significant day in the Hindu calendar that falls on the day of the new moon (Amavasya) in the Hindu month of Sawan, which typically falls in July or August. Generally, the Amavasya that falls in the month of Sawan is popularly known as Hariyali Amavasya.
Amavasya refers to the new moon day, and Sawan is a popular month of the Hindu lunar calendar that is especially dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and is also called Sawan Amavasya. The day of Amavasya is considered highly auspicious for performing religious rituals, especially for worshipping Lord Shiva and seeking his blessings. Moreover, many Hindus observe fasts and offer prayers to their ancestors on this day.
Overall, Hariyali Amavasya is an important day in the Hindu calendar, marked by special observances and rituals especially offering prayers and worshipping Lord Shiva.
So, let’s get to know more about the Date, Puja Vidhi, and Significance of Hariyali Amavasya 2023.
Hariyali Amavasya 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timings
This year, Hariyali Amavasya will be observed on Monday, July 17, 2023
- Amavasya Tithi Starts: 10:08 p.m on July 16, 2023
- Amavasya Tithi Ends: 12:01 a.m on July 18, 2023
Significance of Hariyali Amavasya
The Amavasya (new moon) that falls during the holy month of Sawan (monsoon) is known as Hariyali Amavasya. On this day, special darshan (sightings) are organized at various temples in North India, especially in Mathura and Vrindavan. Thousands of Krishna devotees come to Mathura, Dwarkadheesh, and Vrindavan, particularly at the Banke Bihari Temple, to seek the special darshan of Lord Krishna. The flower-decorated palace of the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is renowned worldwide among Krishna devotees. On this day, arrangements are made for the special darshan of Lord Shiva at various Lord Shiva temples in addition to the Krishna temples.
Hariyali Amavasya is celebrated with great enthusiasm as a festival of the monsoon season, and on this day, worship of Lord Shiva with complete devotion is performed. This Sawan Amavasya is famous in northern states of India such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh. It is also celebrated in other regions with different names. In Maharashtra, it is called GatarI Amavasya, in Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Chukkala Amavasya, and in Odisha, it is celebrated as Chitalagi Amavasya. As the name suggests, rituals, customs, and traditions vary in different parts of the country, but the spirit of the festival remains the same. Now, let’s understand the significance of Hariyali Amavasya and learn about the puja procedure and the importance of Rudrabhishek on this day.
Importance of Rudrabhishek Puja on Hariyali Amavasya
According to Vedic astrology, it is advised not to perform any auspicious activities on the night of Hariyali Amavasya. During the night, the visible celestial body, the moon, is not seen in the sky.
It is also believed that on this day, negative spirits are stronger, so the practice of black magic is performed. People worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali to protect themselves from negative spirits. Some people also observe fasting on this day. The Rudrabhishek ceremony holds great significance in order to ward off negative energies and negativity.
Rudrabhishek also helps resolve the defects of kundli that arise due to malefic planets. It brings resolution for the Navgraha Dosha in Horoscope. It also blesses Devotees with long life and financial freedom.
Hariyali Amavasya 2023 Religious Rituals
- On Hariyali Amavasya, it is recommended to wake up in the morning and perform the worship of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva with all the rituals.
- Married women should worship Goddess Parvati by applying sindoor (vermilion) and distributing suhag (auspicious items) among married women.
- It is believed that by distributing green bangles, sindoor, and bindi, the lifespan of married women is increased, and prosperity comes to the home.
- In the pursuit of good fortune, men can also gift bangles, sweets, and other items to married women. However, this should be done before noon.
- On the day of Hariyali Amavasya, devotees should perform the worship of the peepal (sacred fig) and tulsi (holy basil) trees.
- The peepal tree is worshipped, circumambulated, and offerings of sweets are made as part of the tradition.
- Religious scriptures depict the presence of the divine in mountains and trees. The peepal tree is considered the abode of the Trinity, and the amla tree is believed to be the abode of Lord Lakshminarayan.
- Many people observe fasting on this day. Afterwards, in the evening, the fast is broken by consuming a meal.
- It is believed that those who observe fast on the Amavasya of the Shravan month attain wealth and prosperity. It is also a special tradition to offer donations after bathing in holy rivers on Hariyali Amavasya.
Importance of Planting Trees on Hariyali Amavasya
Hariyali Amavasya is considered an auspicious day for planting saplings. Trees and plants hold significance in our faith and symbolize the life force. According to beliefs, various deities reside in different trees and plants. For instance, the Peepal tree is believed to be the abode of the Trinity and other deities. Similarly, Lord Vishnu is believed to reside in the Banana and Amla trees. By planting and worshipping these special plants, one can not only experience auspicious outcomes but also receive the blessings of the divine.
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