About Aadi Amavasya:
Aadi Amavasya is the new Moon Day that falls in the Tamil month of Aadi (July – August). Aadi Amavasai is one of the three most powerful days of the Moon to offer the Tarpanam to honor his ancestors and receive their eternal blessings.
Importance of Aadi Amavasai:
The month of Aadi is considered auspicious when the divine forces bless the earth gracefully and answer their prayers. Offering tarpanam rituals for their ancestors on Aadi Amavasya Day helps their souls to obtain Moksha (salvation) and also grants them their blessings.
Astrologically, any day of Amavasai, the Sun and the Moon reside in the same sign. The sun signifies your father and your soul; while the moon means your mother and your spirit. Aadi Amavasai assumes greater importance because the Sun and the Moon inhabit the sign of the Moon that is Cancer.
It is believed that in Aadi Amavasai, spirits are more willing to accept their offerings and are satiated when their successors perform tarpanam rituals for them. Also every year in the month of Aadi, the sun moves to the south, which is called ‘Dakshinayanam’. Since this is the first day of the New Moon of the period, it is considered the most powerful day to perform tarpanam rituals to their ancestors.
Story of Aadi Amavasya:
According to the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, every human soul is indebted to the Trinity: Lord Brahma, Lord Maha Vishnu and Lord Shiva with three important debts. ‘Pitru Rin’ is one of them that is offered to Lord Brahma and is allowed by running tarpanam by children to their ancestors.
Rituals on Aadi Amavasai:
It is always ideal to perform these rituals on the natural shores (sea, pond, river or lake) to obtain the blessings of their ancestors.
Taking a sacred dip in sacred water sources is considered a prerequisite to cleanse you of impurities, before starting the tarpanam ritual. A large number of people gather regularly at Agni Theertham in Rameshwaram, South India, on this holy day to perform the rituals of their ancestors. Other sacred sites include Thriveni Sangamam at Kanyakumari and several sacred Ghats on the banks of the Kaveri River.
You can observe a full or partial fast with one meal today to mark your devotion to your ancestors.
Aadi Amavasai Benefits:
Relieving negative karma
Gift with prosperity and happiness in life
Bless your generation with good health, wealth and prosperity
The execution of tarpanam in Aadi Amavasai can free the souls of your deceased ancestors
According to Garuda Purana, offering your ancestors (sesame seeds) and water in this day pleases them and can ensure you longevity, success, debt relief, destruction of enemies and offspring.