Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hariyali Amavasya Muhurat and Shradh Rituals

Amavasya is an auspicious duration when we offer veneration to our ancestors. The Amavasya which falls in the pious month of Shravan, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is known as Shravan Amavasya. Since the nature adorns a green carpet during this period and there is greenery all around, this event also goes by the name of Hariyali Amavasya. Just like the other Amavasyas, natives conduct the Shradh rituals and make grain donations to pacify the souls of their respective ancestors during this Amavasya as well. There is a special significance of doing charity and offering grants on this day. In the Northern India, this festival is observed during the month of Shravan. However, in the Southern states of India, this day marks the beginning of the Shravan month, which is why it is known as Hariyali Amavasya. 

Hariyali Amavasya/Shravan Amavasya Muhurat

1 August, 2019 (Thursday) (According to Purnimant)

Amavasya begins at 11:58:49 am on 31 July, 2019

Amavasya ends at 08:43:00 am on 1 August, 2019

Note : The time period given above is valid for New Delhi only

Hariyali Amavasya Muhurat 

In the year 2019, the Amavasya in the month of Shravan, which is also known as Hariyali Amavasya, is falling on 1 August, 2019. As per the Hindu Panchang, the Tithi of Amavasya will begin from 31 July, 2019, 11:58 AM till 1 August, 2019, 8:43 AM. This day happens to be Thursday during which the planet Moon will remain posited in the Pushya Nakshatra. The presence of Siddhi Yoga on this day increases its importance to a great extent. 

Since, Amavasya is occuring after Sunrise, Hariyali Amavasya will be celebrated on 1 August, 2019 only. Sawan Amavasya holds great significance because it conveys the message of maintaining greenery around the nature. Along with it, taking a holy bath, making donations and offering reverence to Lord Shiva is considered auspicious on this day. Beliefs state that one should conduct the Shradh rituals and pindaan ceremony to pacify the soul of his/her ancestors and gain favourable outcomes. In South India, this day marks the arrival of the holy month Shravan.

Religious Tasks To Perform On Hariyali Amavasya 

The month of Shravan also brings with it the first spell of rain, which lays a carpet of greenery and freshness to every nook and corner of this Universe. It becomes quite mandatory to catch a glimpse of the world filled with beautiful scenery. Not only the human beings, the plants and animals are also granted a new life during this time. Since it is the month of Sawan and the colour green (known as Hara in Hindi) takes over the Universe, the Amavasya of this month is given the name Hariyali Amavasya. The significance of this day not remains limited to the religious purposes, as it has some other deviant relevances too. However, one should conduct certain religious activities on this day to be at the receiving end of favourable outcomes. Some of them are listed down below:

  • On the day of Amavasya Tithi, one should conduct the Shradh rituals of his/her ancestors. 
  • Early morning on this day, you should offer Arghya to Lord Sun, face towards the south direction and make a pledge for the sake of their ancestors before 11 AM.
  • Additionally, you should face the South direction and chant, “oṃ pitṛ devāya namaḥ”/“ॐ पितृ देवाय नमः”.
  • It is auspicious to take a bath in a holy river or reservoir on this day. 
  • After taking a bath, you should make an oblation for the pacification of your ancestors’ souls. 
  • You can fast on this day and make donations to an eligible Brahmin or a needy person according to your capacity. 
  • Since it is also Hariyali Amavasya, it is also stated that planting trees and saplings on this day is very auspicious. 
  • On this day, you can plant Peepal, Banana, Banyan, Basil, Lemon trees. All of these trees are given a pious status as various Gods and deities reside in them. 
  • Offering prayers to a Peepal tree and circumambulating around it is also considered very pious. 
  • In the same manner, the Tulsi or basil plant is also worshipped and natives circumambulate around it. 
  • If there is a presence of Sarp Dosha in your Kundli or you are under the negative affliction of Saturn, then you should visit Lord Shiva’s temple on Hariyali Amavasya and offer water and flowers to the Shivalinga. 
  • Ashwani, Mool, Rohini, Hatha, Shravan, Chitra, Mrigashirsha, Vishakha, Pushya and all the three Uttara Nakshatras are considered to be extremely adequate and auspicious for tree plantation. 

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  • In 2019, the combination of Hariyali Amavasya during Pushya Nakshatra will garner auspicious outcomes for tree plantation.
  • If you are planting trees for the betterment of your health, then you should plant a Neem tree. On the other hand, plant a basil tree if you wish to witness the inflow of happiness. 
  • Those natives who wish to get blessed with a child should plant banana trees and for fulfilling wealth and monetary requirements, it is always beneficial to plant an Amla plant. 
  • On this day, Lord Hanuman should be worshipped and Hanuman Chalisa should also be chanted. Light a jasmine oil lamp in front of idol and offer Chola and vermilion to him. 
  • Additionally, you can also visit a river and offer dough balls to the fishes to obtain more propitious results. 
  • Put dry flour and sugar in those areas where ants reside in abundance.
  • Making donations after taking a bath can also be helpful in garnering propitious results. 
  • If the deeds mentioned above are conducted on the day of Hariyali Amavasya, then auspicious results will find a way to usher in your life.

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Importance of Hariyali Amavasya 

Every Amavasya is important for us as pious deeds like donations and charity can be conducted on this day. Hariyali Amavasya is also known as Chitlangi Amavasya. This particular Amavasya arrives in the month of Sawan during which the devotees of Lord Shiva remain immersed in his devotion and mother nature adorns a beautiful form in front of us. Looking at all the greenery around, our mind becomes joyful. This explains the reason why the festival of Hariyali Amavasya has not only religious but environmental significance too. This event is also quite popular among the natives. This is the time when you can thank the trees and the entire nature for its vivid services, make donations and conduct Shradh rituals to pacify the souls of your long gone ancestors. 

Simply, it can be said that the festival of Hariyali Amavasya provides us with an opportunity to thank Mother Nature for her benevolent contributions. Lord Mahadev and Goddess Parvati give utmost importance to the balance which exists between human beings and nature. This is why this festival is of utmost importance to the natives. 

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Other Facts about Hariyali Amavasya 

Hariyali Amavasya is specifically celebrated three days before the Hariyali Teej. On this day, grand arrangements are made in various temples for the devotees to spectate the magnificent celebrations. Devotees specially rush to Mathura and Vrindavan to venerate Dwarkadish Lord Krishna and Banke Bihari. During this while, special decorations are also seen in various Shiva temples.

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