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Somavati Amavasya, or the no moon day falling on Monday, is an important day of fasting in the Hindu culture and is considered to be the most auspicious of all amavasya vrats. The day is considered especially significant for offering prayers to the forefathers and observing a fast on this day, fulfills the desires the devotees and makes them ailment free.
There can be one or more Somavati Amavasyas in a year and in the year 2013, there are three such amavasyas. The first of these was celebrated on 11th March, while the second and the third fall on 8th July and 2nd December respectively.
The Legend Of Somavati Amavasya
Once there lived a moneylender, who had seven sons and a daughter. Although all his sons were married, he could not find the right match for his daughter. One day the daughter told her mother that the sage who regularly visited their house blessed only her sister-in-laws. This made the mother anxious and the next day she sought a reply from the sage, who went away without answering her.
This made the mother even more worried and she referred to a pundit to get the answer to her query. She was astonished to learn from him that her daughter was destined to become a widow and asked the pundit to suggest some remedy for the same. The pundit then told her that the daughter needed to please a washerwoman living on the Singhal Island, enough to make her apply sindoor on the young womans forehead. In addition, he also advised her to observe the Somavati Amavasya fast to reverse her fortunes.
Soon the daughter set out with her youngest brother to the washer woman’s house. While waiting at the sea shore the moneylender’s daughter helped save the children of a couple of vultures from the attack of a snake. This pleased the vultures, which then helped the duo to reach their destination. There the girl, after months of service, managed to please the washerwoman, who then applied sindoor on her forehead. On her return journey, the girl also observed the fast of Somavati Amavasya, which helped reverse her fate.
Significance of Somavati Amavasya
According to Hindu religion, women who observe a fast on Somavati Amavasya, keep widowhood at bay. In addition, they are also blessed with noble children having long lives. Going around a peepal tree, remaining totally mum and taking a bath in the holy rivers on this day are also considered extremely auspicious.
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