Hariyali Amavasya - No Moon Day in the Green Monsoon Month
The word ‘Hariyali’ means greenery and ‘Amavasya’ means no moon day, thus Hariyali Amavasya is the moon festival which is celebrated in the month of Shravana (July-August), according to the Hindu calendar, on a no moon day. The festival is known by various names in various parts of India. For example, it is called Gatari Amavasya in Maharashtra, Chitalagi Amabasya in Odisha and Chukkala Amavasya in Andhra Pradesh. Along with the names, the festival is celebrated differently with various traditions and rituals throughout the country.
Celebrations in Rajasthan
The day is also marked as the celebration of nature. The lush greenery and freshness around spreads great joy and contentment. At many places, fairs are organized for people to come together and enjoy a relieving monsoon after scorching summers. Such fairs are famous in Jaipur, Rajsamand and Udaipur. People welcome spring and dance on traditional and folk songs. Women get ready in vibrant clothes and adorn themselves with jewelry. They also enjoy shopping and consuming sweets. A striking feature of these fairs are that they are organized for three continuous days out of which one day is especially reserved for ladies and admission of men is prohibited.
Celebrations in Uttar Pradesh
Many temples in North India, especially in Vrindavan It is an important Hindu pilgrimage site where Krishna spent his childhood days. Mathura- It is a city in North Indian State, Uttar Pradesh, known for being the birthplace of Krishnaand Mathura organize a special Darshan The term means the vision of the divineof KrishnaKrishna
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Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. for the devotees. The temples are decorated with flowers and earthen lamps and the idols are made to wear new and bright clothes. They are offered sweets and milk and people sing and dance in a frenzy like state. Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura and Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan is visited by thousands of devotees.
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... is also worshipped on this day in the hope for a fruitful monsoon season and therefore a good agricultural yield. Hariyali Amavasya is thus also considered an agricultural festival. Temples dedicated to Shiva, throughout the country also experience a large surge of worshippers as he is believed to bestow wealth and prosperity in great amount to his true devotees.
Celebrations in Gujarat
A fast named Evrat is observed by newly married women for the first five years of their married life. They worship Goddess ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... and ask for a long life for their husbands and for marital bliss. Another fast named Jivrat is observed on the similar lines. The only difference is that the fast if observed by married ladies, throughout their lives.
Celebrations in Karnataka
In this state also married women keep fast for their husbands and pray for their welfare and this ritual is to be observed for nine consecutive years. The difference is that unmarried ladies can also observe the fast in order to gain a suitable partner.
The two main rituals that are performed on this day are Deepa Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadand Pithru Tharpanam. Deepa Puja means worshipping God by lighting earthen lamps. People get up early in the morning and clean their houses. They then decorate their homes with beautiful designs made with colors or flowers. They also place lamps on a mini table and offer it to God of one’s choice. The dedication can also be made to the five elements of life and nature which are air, water, fire, sky and earth. It is believed that this ritual can bring in eight types of wealth associated with eight incarnations of LakshmiLakshmi
Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth..., collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi. These types of wealth are associated with prosperity, good health, power, progeny, knowledge and strength. The light emitted by the lamps also keep evil at bay and result in spiritual enlightenment.