Shravan Amavasya or Haryali Amavasya falls in the holy month of Sawan during the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (the waning phase of moon) in the ‘Shravana’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar. And has its own importance in Hinduism, Its is also called festival of Greenery and the people worship Lord Shiva and Holy Peepal tree with full Devotion and great respect towards nature .In Hindi “Amavasya” Implies No moon day and “Haryali” means Greenary ,It is celebrated as festival during the rainy season when blossoms at its best.
Customs and Rituals during Haryali Amavasya
The day of Amavasya is dedicated to one’s ancestors. Much in the same way, on Hariyali Amavasya, devotees performs puja to appease the ancestors or ‘pitrs’. Special meal is prepared after the pooja and offered to Brahmins. The male Head member of the family performs all the ancestral rites to offer peace to their ancestors or ‘pitrs’
The festival of Hariyali is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. During this festival people can be seen worshiping Him with full devotion and seek His blessings for good rains and copious harvest. It is believed that Shiva Puja on Hariyali Amavasya brings wealth and prosperity. Devotees performs Pooja and recite Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva in His praise.
In some parts f the country, people observe a fast on this day. The meal is taken after completing all the puja rituals.
Grand fairs are also organized on Hariyali Amavasya in different parts of the Country.
Significance of Haryali Amavasya
Hariyali Amavasya is an eventful day in Hindu calendar which falls three days before the festival of ‘Hariyali Teej’. The month of ‘Shravana’ is the 5th month of Hindu lunar calendar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Moreover this month is crucial for good harvest and prevention of draughts. According to the saints and Hindu legends, the month of ‘Shravana’ is auspicious for gaining the blessings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. And Pirtu Tarpan and Daan Punya activities is also considered to be very rewarding.