Somvati Amavasya today coincides with the Surya Grahan. Ahead of the Mahakumbh less than a month away, Somvati Amavasya is of immense significance to Hindus across India. Devotees traditionally block the date on the calendar for a holy dip in the Ganges. The new moon day in the month of Agrahayana is known as Somvati Amavasya as it also falls on a Monday or Somwar. According to Hindu tradition, devotees offer prayers to the Sun God and Lord Shiva on Somvati Amavasya. Today, on Somvati Amavasya, the Uttarakhand Government has allowed people to take a dip in the Ganges at Haridwar. Devotees have been asked to adhere to all guidelines for Covid-19.
Significance of Somvati Amavasya
On Somvati Amavasya, devotees observe special vrat dedicated to Lord Shiva for wellbeing of family members. Many people also pray to prayers to Shiva-Parvati, Ganesha, Kartikeya, and Nandi - the vahana or vehicle of Lord Shiva. Those who take a holy dip on this day also pay respect to parents who have died. People distribute food items among the poor and plant saplings in their neighbourhood.
Somvati Amavasya Tithi
Somvati Amavasya tithi began at 12:44 am today and will end at 9:46 pm. People who observe Somvati Amavasya, usually do Nirjala Vrat (without drinking water or eating food). However, devotees who are unable to keep a stringent fast, have fruits and milk or special vrat food.
This year the Somvati Amavasya on the day of Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse has great significance. This is the last Surya Grahan of 2020.