Bheemana Amavasya 2013
Bheemana Amavasya or Jyoti Bheemashwara Vrata is popularly celebrated at Pathi Sanjeevani Puja is celebrated on the no moon day or amavasya of the ashada month according to the Hindu calendar. The legend behind this festivity dates back to Skanda purana times. Devotees of the Divine couple- Shiva and Parvati observe this vrata to prove their dedication.
Bheemana Amavasya is observed mainly by the women. Unmarried girls keep this fast in expectation of a good life partner. Married women perform all the rituals with great enthusiasm and fervour for the welfare of their husband, brother or father. The fasting on this auspicious Bheemana Amavasya day is kept for nine consecutive years. The last year is marked by the donation of a pair of diyas to the brother or Brahmin.
Like all the other festivals, this Bheemana Amavasya Vrata is also observed by following certain rituals in a certain manner. The devotees of this Vrata have to prepare diyas of flour called Thambittu Diya. A pair of mud diyas is also prepared which are known as Kudubus. Coins are stuffed inside the Kudubus. The brothers are given the important task of breaking these Kudubus. Breaking of these dough balls is a ritual named Bhandara Hodiyuvudhu.
This no-moon day is celebrated in many parts of India. Every state or region observes this Bheemana Amavasya in a unique manner with a set of rituals followed strictly by the observers. In Rajasthan, Bheemana Amavasya is popularly celebrated as Hariyali Amavasya. Elaborate fairs are organised in many parts of Rajasthan which attracts a lot of tourists to this state. Chukkala Amavasya Vratam is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh on the Bheema Amavasya Day.
No-moon day is a significant day in the Hindu calendar. Some of these no-moon days fall on special days and become very auspicious. Pujas and ceremonies are held to ward off the evil and enhance prosperity and health.
Bheemana Amavasya 2013 Date: Tuesday, 06 August