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Amavasya in Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month is known as Bhadrapada Amavasya. It is also known by the name of Bhadon or Bhadi Amavasya. This day holds great significance in Hindu religion, especially for offering oblation to forefathers, charity and to get rid of Kaal-Sarp Dosha. As Bhadrapada month is devoted to Lord Krishna, so this also increases the importance of Bhadrapada Amavasya. Kusha (green grass) is considered to be highly fruitful, so, it is collected on this day to perform religious activities, Shraadh, etc.
Bhadrapada Amavasya Vrat Rituals
Bhadrapada Amavasya is highly significant for the purpose of bathing, charity and Pitru Tarpan (oblation). If this Amavasya falls on Monday and Solar Eclipse is also on the same day, this increases its importance tenfold. The religious rituals performed on this day are as follows:
● Take a bath in a sacred river, lake or pond in the morning. Offer Argh to the Sun God, and deposit sesame seeds in the flowing water.
● On the bank of a river, offer Pind Daan (oblation) to your forefathers and donate things to the poor. This way, your ancestors will attain peace and liberation.
● On this day, religious rites can also be performed for lessening the impact of Kaal-Sarp Dosha in one’s Kundli.
● Light a mustard oil lamp under the Peepal tree in the evening and circumambulate around it 7 times while remembering your forefathers.
● This Amavasya is also believed to be the day of Shani Dev, therefore worshipping the deity on this day is very important.
Importance of Bhadrapada Amavasya
As Kusha (green grass) is collected to perform religious activities, therefore, this Amavasya is known by the name of Kusha Grahani Amavasya. In ancient religious scriptures, it is named as Kushotpatini Amavasya. Since Kusha is used for performing rituals on Amavasya, therefore, if Bhadrapada Amavasya falls on Monday, one can use the same Kusha for up to 12 years.
Bhadrapada Amavasya is also known by the name of Pithori Amavasya. On this day, Goddess Durga is worshipped. As per ancient beliefs, Maa Parvati told the importance of Pithori Amavasya Vrat to Indrani on this day. So, married women worship Goddess Durga and perform this fast for getting blessed with a child, or for the good health and life of their children.