Thai Amavasya is the no moon day in the Tamil Month of Thai (January – February). Thai Amavasai is dedicated to dead ancestors, siblings, parents and other relatives. Thai Amavasya 2017 date is Friday, January 27. Special prayers, rituals and offerings are made on the day for departed souls to rest in peace.
Amavasya, or Amavasi, is the name of new moon night in Hindu religion. It is the first night of the first quarter of the lunar month. Since the moon is invisible on the day, Amavasya is also referred as no moon night. Amavasi holds great importance in Hinduism. Many Hindus choose this day to make offering (tarpanam) to the dead ancestors.
The term ‘Amavasya’ is commonly used in all regional languages in India. The fortnight that starts with Amavasya is also referred as the Shukla paksha (bright half of the month). Mauni Amavasya in Hindu Magh month (January – February) and Mahalya Amvasya in Ashwayuja (September – October) are highly auspicious. Similarly the Amavasi in Aadi month is of great importance in Tamil Nadu. The Amavasya in Karkidakam month is of importance in Kerala.
Amavasya January 2017 date is January 27. The Amavasya begins at 4:55 AM on January 27, 2017 and ends at 5:41 AM on January 28, 2017 in most regions. Amavasya Vrat is marked on January 27, 2017 – a single meal is taken while fasting on the day by some Hindu communities.
The famous Thai Amavasya is observed in calendars followed in Tamil Nadu on January 27.
In Tamil Nadu, Hindus take a holy bath in one of the sacred water bodies. Shradh and Tarpan are offered. There is a popular belief that on Thai Amavasi day the souls of the dead visit to bless their relations on the earth. The rituals and other pujas are performed on riverbanks or on seashores.
The day is of great significance at the Rameshwaram Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple.
Rituals, pujas and prayers associated with Thai Amavasi are also observed at several places in Tamil Nadu including Kannyakumari, Dhanushkodi, Muhuntharayarchatram, Sethukarai and Devipattinam.
Sun and Uttara Ashadha
Surya – the Sun, is Lord of Uttara Ashada nakshatra. This is the 21st of 27 nakshatras, is of sattvic nature and seeking moksha. It is of the warrior caste and the shakti above is “strength to win”. The shakti below is “the goal one can win”. It is of a fixed nature, kapha in dosham and of the three dhatus, indicats naasa, loss. One must lose one’s ego in order to win the goal of life, the four purusharthas: dharma, artha, kama and moksha.
There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatras or birth stars. Uttarashada Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Uttarashada Nakshatra Born People is Jack fruit tree, paala.
2017 Pitr Tarpana Puja at Rameswaram
On Friday 27 January, tarpana puja will be conducted at Rameshawaram Temple from 6am to 6pm. Those wishing to participate may send names of deceased to Sai Bharathi and make donation using paypal link below.
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