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Deepasthamba Puja 2019 date - Deepasthambha Amavasya Pooja 2019

Deepasthamba Puja, also known as Deepasthambha Amavasya Pooja, is an important observance undertaken by women in Karnataka. Deepasthambha Puja 2019 date is August 1. It is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the Kannada month of Ashada (July – August) and is a unique Kannadiga ritual. On the day women pray for the well being of male members in the family – husbands and brothers. The ritual is also known as Bheemana Amavasi Vrata.

Deepasthambha Puja is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women perform it for the long life of husbands and brothers. Unmarried women for getting a good husband.

A pair of lamps made by women on the day using mud known as Kalikamba represents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the day. Special pujas are done on the auspicious day to appease them. Thambittu Deepa or Thembittu lamp made from flour is made on the occasion and lit to cool all bad emotions like anger, frustration etc. It is these lamps that give the ritual the name Deepasthamba.

Another important feature on Deepasthambha Puja day is the making of Kadubu. Dough balls, or Kadubus, have coins hidden in them. Coins are also hidden in idli, kozhakattai, modak and wheat balls. These balls are smashed by brothers or young boys at the end of the Deepasthambha Puja.

The ritual is based on the story of a young girl who was married to a dead prince. She accepted her faith and the day after marriage she performed the Deepasthambha Amavasi puja with mud lamps. Impressed by her devotion Shiva and Parvati appeared before her and brought back the Prince to life. The mud kadubu prepared by her was broken by Lord Shiva.

No deep fried or shallow fried food is eaten on the day.

Married women perform the Deepasthamba Puja for nine years after marriage. In ninth year, she presents a lamp to her brother(s) or a male member in the family.

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