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Somvati Amavasya 2024: Significance, Vrat Katha And Rituals

By February 13, 2024No Comments
Somvati Amavasya 2024

Every Indian festival in Hindu culture has a special significance that makes the festival auspicious. One such festival is the Somvati Amavasya, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word Amavasya is referred to as the New Moon. Along with this, the one that falls on the Monday or Somvar is referred to as the Somvati or Somvati Amavasya.

The night of Amavasya is considered to be the darkest night, so people usually perform various rituals and puja vidhi on this day. Moreover, Somvati Amavasya falls two to three times every year, and in 2024, there will be three Somvati Amavasya. To know the dates and timing for the puja muhurat, you can scroll down. 

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Somvati Amavasya 2024 Dates and Muhurat Time 

According to the Hindu Calendar, there will be three Somavathi Amavasya in 2024. Given below are the dates and times for the same. 

April 8, 2024, Monday

  • Chaitra, Krishna Amavasya
  • Begins: 03:21 AM on 7th April
  • Ends: 11:50 PM on 8th April  

September 2, 2024, Monday

  • Bhadrapada, Krishna Amavasya
  • Begins: 09:21 PM on 1st September 
  • Ends: 07:24 AM on 3rd September 

December 30, 2024, Monday 

  • Pausha, Krishna Amavasya
  • Begins: 04:01 AM on 29th December 
  • Ends: 03:56 AM on 30th December 

Somvati Amavasya Significance

Somvati Amavasya is one of the significant Hindu festivals which is considered auspicious both from a religious and astrological point of view. The Somvari Amavasya falls on Monday, which makes this festival more significant as this day is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Moreover, many people observe fast on this day, which is known as the Aswath Pradakshina Vrat, which holds strong auspiciousness.

During the Somvati Amavasya, the peepal tree is considered auspicious as it’s believed that Lord Vishnu resides under this tree. Thus, it is said that performing rituals under the Peepal Tree will be granted with the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Furthermore, from the astrological point of view, people performing rituals and puja Vidhi on the day of Somvati Amavasya can get rid of ill effects and obstacles formed due to the Kaal Sarp Dosh in their horoscope.

Many people also pray and perform Pitru pooja for ancestors, where Tarpana and Pinda Danam are done for three preceding generations of ancestors. This can help individuals let the souls of their loved ones rest at peace and get rid of Pitra Dosh. So, now that you’ve got a hang of Somvati Amavasya let’s take a look at the vrat katha and the story related to this auspicious festival. 

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Somvati Amavasya Katha and Story 

There lived an old Brahmin man who could not get his daughter married despite his daughter being a kind and beautiful young girl. So, once, a sage visited the Brahamin, pleased by his worship. The sage told him that his daughter has a negative dosha which is coming in the way of her marriage. Hearing this, the old man asked for a solution. The sage suggested the Brahmin’s daughter serve the lady, a washerwoman named Sona.

Agreeing with the words of Sage, the girl used to wake up early in the morning while everyone was asleep and sneak into Sona’s house and do all the household chores as suggested by the sage. Furthermore, while Sona and her daughter-in-law used to wake up, all the household chores were already done. They got confused and tried to investigate about this matter. One day, they discovered the girl and asked her why she was doing all the household chores.

The girl explained her problems to Sona, who was pleased by the girl’s dedication and rewarded her by applying vermillion on her forehead. As soon as Sona does this, her injured husband dies. Leaving the girl and her daughter-in-law at home, she went to look for a peepal tree but had nothing to offer. However, she picked up a brick and took 108 rounds around the peepal tree, praying for her husband. Lord Shiva and Vishnu, delighted by the devotees, bring Sona’s husband back to life as a blessing for her immense devotion. 

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Somvati Amavasya Puja Rituals

Here are the puja Vidhi or rituals for Somvati Amavasya that need to be followed with strict instructions to get beneficial results. 

  • On the day of Somvati Amavasya, women wake up early in the morning. Take a dip in the holy river to purify themselves and start the rituals. 
  • Women must chant the Gayatri mantra while taking a dip in the river and seek blessings from God. 
  • The most important ritual of Somvati Amavasya is worshipping the peepal tree. All the women gather together, tie a holy thread dipped in turmeric to the tree, and take 108 rounds around the tree with the thread tied to the tree, which is known as Parikrama. 
  • Devotees and women offer rice, flowers, milk and curd at the base of the peepal tree along with the tulsi plant. This is performed as an offering to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (also known as Trimurti), who are believed to reside in the peepal tree. 
  • As Somvati Amavasy falls on Monday, it’s auspicious to visit the Shiv Temple and offer water and milk to the Shivlinga. 
  • On the day of Somvati Amavasy, married women offer fast for the long lives of their husbands. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. What is Somvati Amavasya?

Somvati Amavasya is the new moon night, which is considered the darkest night. It is a festival that includes rituals performed by the married women.

2. Why is Somvati Amavasya celebrated?

Somavati Amavasy is specially celebrated for the longevity of the husband and getting rid of Kaal Sarp dosha. Moreover, on this day, devotees pray for their ancestors and their loved ones so that their soul rests in peace.

3. What should you do on the day of Somvati Amavasya?

On the day of Somvati Amavasy, devotees visit Shiv temples to offer milk and water to Shivlinga. Besides that, women offer prayers and perform parikrama 1018 times to peepal trees to seek blessings.

4. What should be donated to Somvati Amavasya?

On the day of Somvati Amavasya, it’s considered auspicious to offer food, clothes and other essential items to the needy. Other than that, black sesame seeds, grains and money are also donated.

5. Which God to worship on Somvati Amavasya?

Devotees especially worship the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who are also known as Trimurti. They are believed to reside in a peepal tree on the day of Somvati Amavasya.

6. What are the offerings made on Somvati Amavasya?

On the auspicious occasion of Somvati Amavasya, people usually offer milk, curd, rice, turmeric, chandan, flowers, women’s shingar items and sesame seeds.

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