Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In August 2014, Amavasya date is Monday, August 25. Time – Amavas begins at 4:44 PM on August 24 and ends at 6:48 PM on August 25, 2014. The Amavasya Vrat is on August 24. Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on August 25.
As the Amavasya falls on Monday it is known as Somavati Amavasya.
Pola, Pithori and Kushgrahini Amavasya are observed in this month.
As per traditional North Indian calendar the August 25 Amavasya is of the Bhadrapad month. In other regions it is the Shravan Amavasya.
Amavasya is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.
Shravan month ends in traditional calendars followed in Maharashtra,
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on August 25.