Amavasya has utmost importance according to Indian mythology and serves as the basis of many fasts and festivals. The lunar phase of moon indicates the new moon night. It is also known as no moon night as moon is invisible on this night. The day is often linked with our dead ancestors and people make offerings to them. However, it is subject of debate whether Amavasya is auspicious or inauspicious.
The Amavasya marks the start of shukla paksh (a fortnight- bright half of the moon). There are a few Amavasya in particular that are considered highly auspicious: Mauni Amavasya 2019 will fall in the month of Maagh (falling in the month of February) and Mahalya Amavasya 2019 that occurs in the month of September or October. Amavasi of Aadi month is celebrated in Tamil Nadu and similarly, Amavasya of Karkikadam month is believed to be highly auspicious in Kerala.
Since it is a no moon night, Amavasya night is dark. A few people observe a whole day fast every Amavasya on the name of their ancestors.
Let’s start the count and dates of Amavasya that will occur during the complete year 2019 because people often wonder when is Amavasya.
There are 2 fortnights in a month and Amavasya indicates the end of a fortnight. Hence, there is one Amavasya each month and 12 during the year. Here is the Amavasya list:
- January The Amavasya of this month will be known as Darsha Amavasya. It occurs in the month of Paush and hence it is also known as Paush Amavasya. The date will be 5 January 2019 and the timings will be 4:58 am of 5 January to 6:58 am of 6 January 2019.
- February The Amavasya falling this month is known as Maagh Amavasya. It will start from 11:52 pm of February 3, 2019 to 2:33 am of February 5, 2019.
- March Chaitra Krishna Amavasya falls in this month. It will be on Tuesday, 5 March 2019. The day will begin at 11:52 pm on 5 March 2019 and will finish at 9:34 pm on 6 March 2019.
- April People will observe Darsha Amavasya this month. It will fall on Thursday, 4 April 2019. It will begin at 12:51 pm on April 4 and will end at 2:20 pm on 5 April. There will be an additional Amavasya this month that will occur on 5 April 2019. So, there will be two Amavasya this year.
- May The month will observe a Vaishakh Amavasya on Saturday, 4 May 2019. It will start on 4:04 am on May 4 and will end at 4:15 am on May 5.
- June Jyeshtha Amavasya will occur this month. It will fall on 3 June 2019 and start at 4:40 pm on June 2 and will end at 3:32 pm on June 3. This Amavasya is the popular Somvati Amavasya.
- July For this month, it will be Ashadha Krishna Amavasya. The day will be observed on Tuesday 2 July 2019. Amavasya will start at 3:06 am on July 2 and will end at 12:46 am on July 3. Another Amavasya will also be observed this month. It will start from 11:57 am on 31 July 2019 and will end at 8:41 am on 1 August.
- August Continued from 31 July 2019 to 1 August, the Amavasya will be called Bheemana Amavasya here. It will be called so because the Hindu month will change. Another Amavasya will fall on 29 August. It will start at 7:55 pm on Friday and will end at 4:07 pm on August 30.
- September There will be a Krishna Amavasya this month which will occur on 28 September 2019, Saturday.
- October The Amavasya falling of the month will be called Kartik Krishna Amavasya. It will fall on 27 October 2019, Sunday. The day will start at 12:23 pm on 27 October and will end at 9:08 am on 28 October 2019. The Hindu month will change from this date and the next Amavasya will be counted in the next month accordingly. This Amavasya will be known as Marghashirsha Krishan Amavasya.
- November Amavasya of this month will be known as Paush Krishna Amavasya. It will begin at 10:40 pm on Monday, 25 November and will end at 8:35 pm on 26 November, Tuesday.
- December The Amavasya of this month will be observed on Wednesday, 25 December 2019. It will start at 11:17 am on 25 December and will end at 10:43 am on 26 December 2019.
Remember, the day is considered highly auspicious for the offering or donations on the name of ancestors.