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Amavasi in August 2008

Amavasi, also known as Amavas and Amavasya, is the new moon day in Hindu calendar. The Amavasai in August is of great significance as it is the first new moon day in the Dakshinayana period. In many regions in India the day is chosen for performing Shraddha and Tarpan. In August 2008, there are two Amavasi – first one is on August 1 and second is on August 30. On August 1 there is also a Total solar eclipse (Surya Grahan).
The Amavasi falling on August 30 is Shani Amavasi.
The Amavasi on August 1, 2008 is of great significance in South India. In Tamil Nadu, it is the Aadi Amavasai and Hindus perform rituals dedicated to dead ancestors. People also take a dip in the holy rivers on this day.
In Karnataka, the day is known as Bheemana Amavasya and married women perform special pujas for the long life of male members in the house.
In Kerala, the day is known as Karkidaka Vavu Bali, people perform ‘bali’ for dead relatives and ancestors.
In Hindi Calendar in North India, the Amavas on August 1 is known as Hariyali Shravan Amavasi.
In Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Amavasi on August 1 is the Ashada Amavasi.
It must be noted here that the two Amavasi in 2008 is according to English Calendar. In all Hindu regional calendars it is in two different months.
The August 30 Amavasi is the one in Bhadrapad month in Hindi calendar.
In Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Amavasya on August 30 is the Shravana Amavasi.

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