Amavasya and Purnima Days Importance: Do and Don’t on These Days

Introduction

Celestial bodies have always been of great importance to many religions across the globe. Hinduism is no different in this aspect. For centuries, the astrological forecast and a few rituals in Hinduism have been based on the positioning of these celestial bodies and their collective influence on this world. Moon is one such celestial body that is important to Hinduism. There are beliefs and rituals centered around the waning and waxing qualities (Amavasya and Purnima days) of the moon. When the moon appears in its full glory, it is called Purnima and Amavasya when the moon is not fully visible. This is called the lunar cycle, which repeats itself every month.      

Purnima and Amavasya Days

Purnima is a word derived from Sanskrit, which translates to a full moon. It is a tithi when the moon is at its full glory. It is a time of festivities and celebrations. A lot of Hindu festivals are around Purnima. Similarly, the word Amavasya comes from Sanskrit and refers to the lunar phase of a new moon. The Hindu calendar has 30 such lunar phases, and these phases are called tithis. It is believed that the evil forces are at their peak during Amavasya, and hence most of the Amavasyas are considered inauspicious except Karthika Amavasya, which occurs during Diwali. However, Amavasya is deemed to be a very auspicious time to remember and offer prayers to the forefathers.

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Do’s and Don’ts on Amavasya and Purnima Days

What not to do on Amavasya Day?

Days with religious significance have their own set of rules. Amavasya is one of the many such days which holds a significant place in Hinduism. It is a day dedicated to ‘pitru‘. As per the customs and culture, a few activities are considered inauspicious during Amavasya.

Of the many things, the first is a broom. One is advised not to purchase a broom on the day of Amavasya. It is believed that purchasing a broom will upset Goddess Laxmi. This will stop the flow of wealth in the house. It also invites negative energy in the house that eventually disturbs the health and wealth of the family. The second is intoxication. One should refrain from buying or having alcohol on the day of Amavasya. Consuming alcohol will invite negative energy, which can haunt the person and the family for a long time. Other activities to avoid includes eating non-vegetarian, purchasing pooja items, purchasing food grains & flours, plucking basil (tulsi) leaves, marriages, and other auspicious ceremonies. 

What should we do on Amavasya?

Hindu customary rituals also speak of the activities that one can perform on the day of Amavasya to get rid of negative energies and hardships. Since it is a day dedicated to ‘pitru’, one should therefore perform Shradh to offer prayers to the dead family members and take their blessings. Secondly, planting trees and plants is also considered an auspicious act. Next is, making generous donations to someone in need. This attracts positive energy. Also, it is believed that feeding five different fruits to cows and wheat flour balls to fish will usher good karma and prosperity in life. Meanwhile, some people also observe fasting on Amavasya to please the ancestors and gain good fortune. 

Which god to worship on Amavasya?

Amavasya is considered a night when the evil spirits are the strongest. For this reason, no auspicious activity is performed on Amavasya. The belief is that if we start something new on this day, we might never get success in it. Goddess Kali and Lord Shiva are worshiped on this day to destroy the evil energies.

Amavasya Dates 2022 with Timings

You can find the details of Amavasya tithis in the table given below:

              Date                             Day                            Amavasya Type                                 Begin                                     End                                   Hindu Month/ Paksha                 
02-01-2022 Sunday Darsha Amavasya
Pausha Amavasya
03:41 AM, Jan 02 12:02 AM, Jan 03 Pausha, Krishna Amavasya
31-01-2022 Monday Darsha Amavasya 02:18 PM, Jan 31 11:15 AM, Feb 01 Magha, Krishna Amavasya
01-02-2022 Tuesday Magha Amavasya 02:18 PM, Jan 31 11:15 AM, Feb 01 Magha, Krishna Amavasya
02-03-2022 Wednesday Darsha Amavasya
Phalguna Amavasya
01:00 AM, Mar 02 11:04 PM, Mar 02 Phalguna, Krishna Amavasya
31-03-2022 Thursday Darsha Amavasya 12:22 PM, Mar 31 11:53 AM, Apr 01 Chaitra, Krishna Amavasya
01-04-2022 Friday Chaitra Amavasya 12:22 PM, Mar 31 11:53 AM, Apr 01 Chaitra, Krishna Amavasya
30-04-2022 Saturday Darsha Amavasya
Vaishakha Amavasya
12:57 AM, Apr 30 01:57 AM, May 01 Vaishakha, Krishna Amavasya
30-05-2022 Monday Darsha Amavasya
Jyeshtha Amavasya
02:54 PM, May 29 04:59 PM, May 30 Jyeshtha, Krishna Amavasya
28-06-2022 Tuesday Darsha Amavasya
Ashadha Amavasya
05:52 AM, Jun 28 08:21 AM, Jun 29 Ashadha, Krishna Amavasya
28-07-2022 Thursday Darsha Amavasya
Shravana Amavasya
09:11 PM, Jul 27 11:24 PM, Jul 28 Shravana, Krishna Amavasya
26-08-2022 Friday Darsha Amavasya 12:23 PM, Aug 26 01:46 PM, Aug 27 Bhadrapada, Krishna Amavasya
27-08-2022 Saturday Bhadrapada Amavasya 12:23 PM, Aug 26 01:46 PM, Aug 27 Bhadrapada, Krishna Amavasya
25-09-2022 Sunday Darsha Amavasya
Ashwina Amavasya
03:12 AM, Sep 25 03:23 AM, Sep 26 Ashwina, Krishna Amavasya
25-10-2022 Tuesday Darsha Amavasya
Kartika Amavasya
05:27 PM, Oct 24 04:18 PM, Oct 25 Kartika, Krishna Amavasya
23-11-2022 Wednesday Darsha Amavasya
Margashirsha Amavasya
06:53 AM, Nov 23 04:26 AM, Nov 24 Margashirsha, Krishna Amavasya
23-12-2022 Friday Darsha Amavasya
Pausha Amavasya
07:13 PM, Dec 22 03:46 PM, Dec 23 Pausha, Krishna Amavasya

Amavasya Dates 2021 with Timings

Month  Amavasya Start Date Amavasya End Date Hindu Masa Timings
January  12-01-2021  13-01-2021 Pausha Jan 12-12:22 PM- Jan 13 – 10:29 AM
February  11-02-2021  12-02-2021 Magha Feb 11 – 01:08 AM – Feb 12 – 12:35 AM
March  12-03-2021  12-03-2021 Phalguna Mar 12 -03:02 PM- Mar 03:50 PM
April 11-04-2021 12-04-2021 Chaitra   Apr 11 -06:03 AM- Apr 12- 08:00 AM
May 10-05-2021 12-05-2021 Vaishakha May 10 –  09:55 PM – May 12 -12:29 AM
June 09-06-2021 10-06-2021 Jyeshtha   Jun 9 -01:57 PM – Jun 10 – 04:22 PM
July 09-07-2021 10-07-2021 Ashadha   Jul 9 – 05:16 AM – Jul 10 – 06:46 AM
August 07-08-2021 08-08-2021 Shravana   Aug 07 -07:11 PM – Aug 08 – 07:19 PM
September 06-09-2021 07-09-2021 Bhadrapada   Sep 06 -07:38 AM – Sep 07 – 06:21 AM
October 05-10-2021 06-10-2021 Ashwina   Oct 05 – 07:04 PM – Oct 06 – 04:34 PM
November 04-11-2021 05-11-2021 Kartika   Nov 04 – 06:03 AM – Nov 05 – 02:44 AM
December 03-12-2021 04-12-2021 Margashirsha   Dec 14 – 04:55 PM – Dec 14 – 01:12 PM

What to do and not to do on Purnima Day?

Purnima holds a notable place in Hinduism. Astrological and religious viewpoints consider it to be an auspicious day. It is a day of birth, rebirth, creation, and manifestation. Keeping a fast on this day is an auspicious act. It is called Purnima Vrat. Meanwhile, individuals who keep Purnima Vrat takes a bath before sunrise. Thereafter they offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in the morning and Chandra Dev in the evening. The vrat is observed to receive blessings from the deities and bring peace and prosperity to one’s life and family.

Our puranas state that chanting Mahamrityunjaya and Gayatri mantra on Purnima day is important to receive the blessings of god. Also, it is advisable not to consume any non-vegetarian food on the day of Purnima. Furthermore, both Amavasya and Purnima days have this prohibition of non-vegeterian in common. 

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Pournami Dates 2022 with Timings

You can find the details of Amavasya tithis in the table given below:

           Date                      Day                        Pournima Type/Vrat                           Begin                             End                             Hindu Month/ Paksha            
17-01-2022 Monday Pausha Purnima Vrat
Pausha Purnima
03:18 AM, Jan 17 05:17 AM, Jan 18 Pausha, Shukla Purnima
16-02-2022 Wednesday Magha Purnima Vrat
Magha Purnima
09:42 PM, Feb 15 10:25 PM, Feb 16 Magha, Shukla Purnima
17-03-2022 Thursday Phalguna Purnima Vrat 01:29 PM, Mar 17 12:47 PM, Mar 18 Phalguna, Shukla Purnima
18-03-2022 Friday Phalguna Purnima 01:29 PM, Mar 17 12:47 PM, Mar 18 Phalguna, Shukla Purnima
16-04-2022 Saturday Chaitra Purnima Vrat
Chaitra Purnima
02:25 AM, Apr 16 12:24 AM, Apr 17 Chaitra, Shukla Purnima
15-05-2022 Sunday Vaishakha Purnima Vrat 12:45 PM, May 15 09:43 AM, May 16 Vaishakha, Shukla Purnima
16-05-2022 Monday Vaishakha Purnima 12:45 PM, May 15 09:43 AM, May 16 Vaishakha, Shukla Purnima
14-06-2022 Tuesday Jyeshtha Purnima Vrat
Jyeshtha Purnima
09:02 PM, Jun 13 05:21 PM, Jun 14 Jyeshtha, Shukla Purnima
13-07-2022 Wednesday Ashadha Purnima Vrat
Ashadha Purnima
04:00 AM, Jul 13 12:06 AM, Jul 14 Ashadha, Shukla Purnima
11-08-2022 Thursday Shravana Purnima Vrat 10:38 AM, Aug 11 07:05 AM, Aug 12 Shravana, Shukla Purnima
12-08-2022 Friday Shravana Purnima 10:38 AM, Aug 11 07:05 AM, Aug 12 Shravana, Shukla Purnima
10-09-2022 Saturday Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat
Bhadrapada Purnima
06:07 PM, Sep 09 03:28 PM, Sep 10 Bhadrapada, Shukla Purnima
09-10-2022 Sunday Ashwina Purnima Vrat
Ashwina Purnima
03:41 AM, Oct 09 02:24 AM, Oct 10 Ashwina, Shukla Purnima
8-11-2022 Tuesday Kartika Purnima Vrat
Kartika Purnima
04:15 PM, Nov 07 04:31 PM, Nov 08 Kartika, Shukla Purnima
07-12-2022 Wednesday Margashirsha Purnima Vrat 08:01 AM, Dec 07 09:37 AM, Dec 08 Margashirsha, Shukla Purnima
08-12-2022 Thursday Margashirsha Purnima 08:01 AM, Dec 07 09:37 AM, Dec 08 Margashirsha, Shukla Purnima

Pournami Dates 2021 with Timings

Month  Purnima Start Date Pournami End Date Hindu Masa Timings
January  28-01-2021  29-01-2021 Pausha Jan 28 – 01:17 AM – Jan 29 -12:45 AM
February 26-02-2021 27-02-2021 Magha  Feb 26 -03:49 PM- Feb 27 – 01:46 PM
March 28-03-2021 29-03-2021 Phalguna Mar 28 – 03:27 AM – Mar 29 -12:17 AM
April 26-04-2021 27-04-2021 Chaitra Apr 26 – 12:44 PM – Apr 27 – 09:01 AM
May 25-05-2021 26-05-2020 Vaishakha May 25 – 08:29 PM – May 26 – 04:43 PM
June 24-06-2021 25-06-2020 Jyeshtha Jun 24 – 03:32 AM – Jun 25 – 12:09 AM
July 23-07-2021 24-07-2020 Ashadha  Jul 23 – 10:43 AM – Jul 24 – 08:06 AM
August 21-08-2021 22-08-2020 Shravana Aug 21 – 07:00 PM – Aug 22 05:31 PM
September 20-09-2021 21-09-2020 Bhadrapada Sep 20 – 05:28 AM- Sep 21 – 05:24 AM
October 19-10-2021 20-10-2020 Ashwina Oct 19 – 07:03 PM – Oct 20 – 08:26 PM
November 18-11-2021 19-11-2020 Kartika Nov 18 – 12:00 PM – Nov 19 – 02:26 PM
December 18-12-2021 19-12-2020 Margashirsha Dec 18 – 07:24 AM – Dec 19 – 10:05 AM

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28 thoughts on “Amavasya and Purnima Days Importance: Do and Don’t on These Days

    • Satish Sastri says:

      On the day of panchami, you can start learn music. Panchami is the good day to start learning of music and to buy musical instruments.

    • Satish Sastri says:

      The relation between moon and mindset is accidental and highly dependent on situations and persons. A full moon is an exciting sight for most of the people.

    • Satish Sastri says:

      On the day of Pournami people can start new things. Ekadasi, Chaturdashi, Dwadashi, Trayodasi are the good days to perform puja.

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  1. Sai Yashwanth says:

    Sir,can I make conditioning of my rudraksha mala on amavasya day or if not which day is better for that

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