Significance of Darsha Amavasya
Darsha Amavasya is the most auspicious day to perform the rituals to the deceased ancestors. Shradh ceremonies performed on Darsha Amavasya are considered highly beneficial and is said to yield multiple benefits to the observers.
Darsha Amavasya Rituals
The fasting observed on this day is dedicated to propitiating moon god or Chandra dev.
Vishnu Dharma Shastras say Amavasya and especially darsha Amavasya is the ideal day to worship the ancestors. It is highly auspicious to conduct the Shradh ceremonies of ancestors with the help of accomplished priests in homes or temples or river banks or famous pilgrim spots. Shradh ceremonies are performed with til daan, panda tarpan other kinds of offerings and pujas to ancestors.
Darsha Amavasya Fasting Procedure
The fasting on Darsha Amavasya starts on the morning of Amavasya Thiti and lasts over the darsha Amavasya. Fasting concludes only after sighting the moon on the Chandra darshan day.
Darsha Amavasya Story
Barhishadhas are souls that live on the eternal soma juice. Once a Barhishadhas conceived a child named Acchoda who was anguished since she did not have a father and therefore very badly wished to experience the love of a physical father. Due to this desire, she started falling down from the heavens. When she cried out for help, the souls in the pitruloka advised her to go the earth and be born as the daughter of King Amavasu.
Acchoda followed the advice of the pitrus (inmates of the pitru loka) and was born as the daughter of King Amavasu, a highly pious and noble king. As she grew in the princely family, she received the love and care of her father and was therefore highly satisfied. She therefore wished to thank the Pitrus who gave her the good advice and therefore arranged to perform the Pitru puja to the inmates of the Pitru Loka. The day of Shradh which was a no moon day was named after King Amavas. Since then, the custom of offering Shradh to ancestors on Amavasya day came up.
Benefits of Darsha Amavasya Vrat
Worshipping moon god on this day is important since he is a very important deity in the Hindu astrology and is the ruler of minds and emotions. He is also the nurturer of plants and animal lives. Therefore worshipping Chandra on Darsha Amavasya day shall give peace of mind and happiness.
The Shradh ceremonies performed to the ancestors on this day can clear the sins and pitru dosh and can win the blessings of the ancestors for the health and happiness of the family members.