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Thai Amavasya 2024 Date – Importance of Amavasai or No Moon Day in Tamil Thai Masam in 2024

Thai Amavasya is the no moon day in the Tamil Month of Thai (January – February) and is of great importance in Tamil culture. Thai Amavasai is dedicated to dead ancestors -  siblings, parents and other relatives. Thai Amavasya 2024 date is February 9. Special prayers, rituals and offerings are made on the day for departed souls to rest in peace.

Importance of Amavasya or No Moon Day in Tamil Thai Masam

In Tamil Nadu, Hindus take a holy bath in one of the sacred water bodies. Shradh and Tarpan are offered. There is a popular belief that on Thai Amavasya day the souls of the dead visit to bless their relations on the earth. The rituals and other pujas are performed on riverbanks or on seashores.

Thousands of people take dip at Rameshwaram and visit the Agnitheertham Kadarkarai (sea coast) in the morning to offer pujas to the dead ancestors. Special prayers also offered to the Navagrahas at Devipattinam near Rameshwaram.

In Rameshwaram, a special procession carrying the murtis of Shiva, Sri Rama and Sita from the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple reaches Agnitheertham on the day and special prayers and pujas are done.

Rituals, pujas and prayers associated with Thai Amavasai are also observed at several places in Tamil Nadu including Kanyakumari, Dhanushkodi, Muhuntharayarchatram, Sethukarai and Devipattinam.

The same day is observed as Mauni Amavasya in North India – many Hindus observe a complete silence on the day.

Triveni Amavasya is observed during the period in Odisha.