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Amavasya 2014 Dates: Auspicious Time Of The Month

Find the list of Amavasya in 2014 here. Amavasya or a new moon day is the start of the new lunar month. It is a religious day when people keep fast. Its also a very special day for the spiritual people and any Sadhana if performed on this day has very fruitful impact.

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Amavasya - Auspicious Or Not? 

While observing Amavasya in 2014, understanding why, when and how Amavasya is celebrated, will be a good way to start. Amavasya is the name derived from the Sanskrit language. Usually, people get lots of confusion about the fact whether Amavasya is good or bad. However, we cannot deny that there are equal number of people in both the categories, when this question arises. Lots of people take it to be auspicious while others take it as inauspicious. The new generation is quite unaware of the fact that Amavasya is considered auspicious as well. Well, they cannot be blamed, all the credit goes to our movies for putting Amavasya in such a bad light. Most of the movies portray Amavasya to be very inauspicious; according to them, it is a time when Tantra and Pooja is performed and the evil spirits gets more stronger.

It is believed that during Amavasya, evil spirits get unusual powers and may cause harm; and to counter this, people perform Kali Puja, as Goddess Kali is considered as the destroyer of evil spirits. While, it is not the case that Amavasya is only inauspicious. It has good effects and it should be considered auspicious. 

The biggest reason for considering Amavasya as an auspicious time is the festival of lights i.e. "Diwali", which falls on Amavasya. On this eve, devotees dedicate Diwali puja to Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvati or Goddess Saraswati along with Lord Ganesha. Also, some people follow the custom of offering Puja for dead ancestors. People also keep fast on Amavasya with a belief of their wishes coming true and to be rid of all their sins. 

Like every year, there are many Amavasyas in 2014 that are celebrated all across India namely - Mauni or Magha Amavasya, Bhemaana Amavasya, Aati Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya and Bhado Amavasya, to name a few. One of the very common practice followed by many on Amavasya days is to take holy dip in the holy rivers of India. 

Amavasya Calendar Of 2014

As we all know, there are 12 Amavasya days every year. As the Moon completes its cycle, it comes up as a new moon. When the moon is in the process of completing its cycle, the front side of the Moon comes on darker side of earth; and the back side of Moon remains the same i.e. bright. But, we can not see the bright (back) side of moon. So, new moon is not visible from earths perspective. New moon occurs every month. 

Below mentioned is the list of Amavasya 2014 dates or new (no) moon days in 2014. These dates are according to IST and may differ depending on the locations.

Amavasya Dates 2014: List of Amavasyas in 2014

Date Month Year Day Name of Amavasya
1st January 2014 Wednesday Paush Amavasya
30th January 2014 Thursday Magha Amavasya (Mauni Amavasya)
1st March 2014 Saturday Phalguna Amavasya
30th March 2014 Sunday Chaitra Amavasya
29th April 2014 Tuesday Vaishakaha Amavasya
28th May 2014 Wednesday Jyeshtha Amavasya
27th June 2014 Friday Aashadha Amavasya (Aati Amavasya)
26th July 2014 Saturday Shravana Amavasya (Bheemana Amavasya)
25th August 2014 Monday Bhadrapada Amavasya (Somvati Amavasya)
24th September 2014 Wednesday Ashwin Amavasya
23th October 2014 Thursday Kartik Amavasya
22nd November 2014 Saturday Margashirsha Amavasya
22nd December 2014 Monday Paush Amavasya (Somvati Amavasya)

Some of the important and popular Amavasya days are explained below for better understanding. 

Magha/Mauni Amavasya 2014

As per the Hindu Calendar, Mauni Amavasya falls on the 15th day of the Magha month. It is usually celebrated in the month of February. The word Mauni is derived from the word Muni, which literally means, a person who practices silence. Indians believe that during the period of Magha or Mauni Amavasya, it is good to perform Shraddha or Tarpan of the forefathers. Also, people believe that by offering Pinda Daan and Pitr Tarpan would help them in getting the blessings of their forefathers. Mauni Amavasya is believed as the day when Sun and Moon conjoins. People observe fast on this day, which is called Mauna Vrat (to remain silent). The devotees keep silence during this observance without uttering even a single word. It is said that lots of people from all over the world visit Allahabad, also known as Prayag Sangam. People meditate the whole day and they take a holy dip. Taking a bath during the time of Magha Mela is thought to be very rewarding.

Some of the Hindu scriptures also tell that Mauni Amavasya is the day when the Universe was created. Mauni Amavasya is the day of spiritual Sadhana, that helps to calm down the mind; thus, giving peaceful environment. One of the very important events that occurs during the time of Mauni Amavasya is Kumbh Mela. Mauni Amavasya has its own importance, as it is considered that "Manu Rishi" was born on this day. As per the scriptures, Lord Brahma created the Queen Shatrupa and Maharaja Manu. The main deity worshipped on the day of Magha Amavasya is Lord Vishnu.

Somvati Amavasya 2014

An Amavasya that falls on a Monday plays a special significance in Hindu religion. It is believed that if a woman keeps fast on Somvati Amavasya, she can safeguard herself from the bad effect of widowhood, and this would also ensure progeny. Somvati Amavasya is also considered sacred to perform Pitra Puja.

The importance of Somvati Amavasya was narrated by Bhishma Pitamaha in the epic of Mahabharata. It is said that one can bring about peace to the ancestors soul by taking a holy dip on this auspicious day in the sacred river Ganga. Peepal tree is also considered sacred, according to the Indian traditions. It is also believed that on the day of Somvati Amavasya all women tie a thread around the tree for 108 times. Parikrama (revolving) is performed around the tree for 108 times; and sandal paste, milk, vermillion as well as flowers are offered. All the devotees gather under Peepal tree and chant Mantras for pleasing the God.

The Legend Of Somvati Amavasya

Lets know more on Somvati Amavasya by throwing some light on the legend of Somvati Amavasya. Legend says that there once was a money lender, who had one daughter and seven sons. Although the money lender got his sons married, he was unable to find a suitable match for his only daughter. The money lender had a Pandit friend, who used to pay them regular visits. But, whenever he did, he used to bless only the daughters-in-law and not the daughter. This worried her daughter, who informed her mother about this incident. The mother enquired the Pandit about this behaviour to which he answered, the daughter does not have a good fortune. She may become a widow. So, as a solution, Pandit told her about a washerwoman who lived on an island named Singhal. According to the Pandit, if that woman would put vermilion (Sindoor) on girls forehead then her fate would change. Also, the Pandit advised her to keep a fast of Somvati Amavasya. As per the Pandits advice, the girl accompanied by one of her brothers went to meet the washerwoman. The girl impressed the washerwoman with her service making her very happy. The washerwomen then applied vermilion on girls forehead. This way her fate was changed. Soon after, she found a suitable match and lived happily ever after. 

Bheemana Amavasya 2014

On Bheemana Amavasya, women pray for a happy and prosperous life of their husband and brothers.

The state of Karnataka observes Bheemana Amavasya in the month of Ashadha. On this day, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped. Now, lets know the legend associated with the Bheemana Amavasya.

The Legend of Bheemana Amavasya

The legend says that there was a Brahmin couple who went to visit Kashi to get the blessings of Shiva. They left their daughter behind, as the journey would be very long and tedious. Their elder son was asked to look after the girl and get her married if they did not return. The couple didnt return even after a year and this worried the brother, as he had to get his sister married. He didn't want to spend a lot of money on this. At the same time, he came across the news that the Kings son (prince) had passed away. The King sent out a request that he wanted to get his son married before he was taken to the pyre. So, girls brother married her to the dead prince in exchange of money. On their way to the pyre, it started raining heavily. Everyone ran for cover except for the girl who stayed with her dead prince. The next day was Ashada Amavasya and the Puja day. She prayed to the Gods and kept a fast for her dead prince. She followed the ritual of making mud balls for praying. At that moment, a young couple appeared and the man broke the mud balls, as per the ritual. The couple then told her to wake her husband. As soon as the girl touched the princes shoulder, he woke up. The girl suddenly realized who the young couple was. But, by the time she realized, they had left.

Girl told the story to the prince and they both prayed to the divine couple - Shiva and Parvati. This news spread as burning fire and people started following Bheemana Amavasya in Ashadha. 

Bhado Amavasya 2014

Bhado Amavasya is dedicated to Narayani Bai, who became Sati on this day. Devotees visit Rani Sati Dadi Temple on this day to seek her blessings. Worshipping her on Bhado Amavasya is believed to be very fruitful. 

Bhado Amavasya is also called Bhadi Mawas, which is the first day of Hindu month, Bhadrapada. It has more significance in Marwari community. On the day of Bhado Amavasya, a big fair is held in Rajasthan, which is dedicated to the deity of the place, Rani Sati Dadi Ji. Lets know the legend associated with it. 

The Legend Of Bhado Amavasya

The story says that when Abhimanyu was killed in Mahabharata, his wife also wished to sacrifice her life. However, Lord Krishna stopped, as she was pregnant with Abhimanyus baby. Instead, Lord Krishna gave her the boon of becoming Abhimanyus wife in her next birth. As per the words of Lord Krishna, she took birth as Narayani Bai and Abhimanyu took birth as Tandhan Das; and they both got married. 

But soon after marriage, Tandhan Das met with an ill fate and passed away. This incident made Narayani Bai to become Sati. Since then, she is known as Rani Sati Dadi Ji. A temple that is 400 years old is still there to give her respect for her devotion. Every year, a sacred Puja is held on Bhado Amavasya. It is said that Dadi Ji gives her blessings to the devotees who have firm devotion in their hearts. So, Bhado Amavasya has a significant place in Hindu community. 

Aati Amavasya 2014

Aati Amavasya is very popular in South India; it is celebrated in the Ashadha month. South Indians believes that if any prayer or offerings are made on the day of Aati Amavasya then it directly reaches to their ancestors. It is also said that if someone takes bath in the monsoon rains, all the sins get washed away. Hindus also consider Aati Amavasya as the initiation of the dark days. 

During Aati Amavasya, people follow the ritual of drinking decoction of the bark of a tree. As per their belief they call it as Spirits tree. This tree is also known as Satni Rooku in Konkani, Haale in Kannada and Palae in Tulu. The bark of this tree is taken home and then a decoction is prepared. All the members of the family drink it to get rid of toxins that were acquired by their body. The tree bark is also famous for its medicinal importance, as it helps to remove germs from the body.

Hopefully, these details on Amavasya would have helped you to explore more on Amavasya and the legends associated to them. We have also provided you with the dates of all the Amavasyas falling in 2014. Make the best use of the details.

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