On behalf on the entire Zee Kannada Kutumba, here’s wishing all of you a joyous Bheemana Amavasya. Also known as Bheemana Ammavasi, Bheemana Amavasya is a festival celebrated mainly in the praise of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. It falls on the no moon day of the Ashadha month, i.e, today – 1 August 2019. What is more interesting is that even though it is a no moon day, in Karnataka it is a day for any married and unmarried woman to get a chance to seek blessings for the men in their life or the men that will come into their life (in the case of unmarried women). Many also refer to this day as the ‘Jyoti Bheemeshwara Vratam’ day.
Since any fortnight that contains a new moon is considered auspicious for Hindus, it is a belief that during this time any offerings made to forefathers will come back as blessings from them. It also signifies that Lord Shiva was impressed with Goddess Parvathi‘s devotion towards him during this time which is when he accepted her as a wife. This is the main reason why it is considered sacred when the ladies of a house fast during this day for the men of the house, to show their devotion and seek blessings basically.
On Bheemana Amavasya, the ladies create two idols out of Red clay/mud, each representing Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, respectively. A pooja is followed soon afterwards keeping both the idols together. While each of these rituals can be done by substituting the ingredients as per your will, the idea behind celebrating the day is that it is an attempt to get Goddess Parvathi to bless the married ladies with long life for their husband and find a good prospective groom for the unmarried ones. The newly married women, however, have to ideally keep a fasted for seven years after marriage, but this is followed only by a few.
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