Somvati Amavasya: What to do on this special day!
You can even keep a fast on this day, as very rarely an Amavasya falls on a Monday—making this one special.
New Delhi: The term 'Amavasya' stands for the new moon as per Hindu calendar. This day holds utmost significance as you can perform several pujas and rituals. When the Amavasya falls on a Monday, then it is called 'Somvati Amasvasya'. You can even observe a fast on this day, as very rarely an Amavasya falls on Monday—making this one more special.
You can follow these steps to offer your prayers on this day:
On Somvati Amavasya, if you do the Tulsi parikrama 108 times, if possible. You can also, chant the 'Omkar mantra' and offer water and argh to the Sun God. All this will lead to happiness in your life.
If you cant perform all of it, the 108 times Tulsi parikrama will also bring positivity in your home.
This Amavasya is auspicious for taking a holy dip in the river or donating stuff to the needy and poor.
The legend has it that the great Pandavas kept waiting for the Somvati Amavasya in their time period, but an Amavasya did not fall on a Monday.
Lord Shiva is worshipped on a Monday, and that makes this Somvati Amavasya dedicated solely to the lord. If you can't take aholy dip in river Ganges on this day, then you can suppliment by bathing in any nearby river or pond—offering your prayers to Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati and Goddess Tulsi.