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Jyoti Bheemeshwara Amavasi Vratam or Pathi Sanjeevani Puja

Observed by women, Jyoti Bheemeshwara Amavasi Vratam, or Pathi Sanjeevani Puja takes place on the Ashada Amavasi (No moon day in Ashada). In 2019, Jyothi Bheemeshwara Amavasi Vratam date is August 1. The Vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is observed by women for the long life of male members in the family. Unmarried women also perform it to get good husbands. This Vrata is popularly known as Bheemana Amavasya Vratam.

Pathi Sanjeevani Puja is performed for the long life of husbands by married women. The Vratam is observed for nine consecutive years and on the final year a lamp (Deepam) is given to brothers or other male members by women.

Special Thambittu Deepa and two Kalikamba lamps are prepared on the day by women. The two Kalikamba lamps represent Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Therefore the observance is also known as Deepasthambha Pooja.

Another unique ritual on the day is the preparation of Kadabus or dough balls with coins hidden in it. Brothers break the kadabu and take the coin and this ritual is known as Bhandara Hodiyuvudhu.

A similar Vrat observed in Andhra Pradesh is known by the name of Chukkala Amavasi Vrat.

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