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How To Observe Amavasya Vrat?

Amavasya Vrat is the fasting and pujas performed on the no moon day in a Hindu calendar. Here is a brief account on how to observe Amavasya Vrat. Please note that there is no one method to the question on how to do or perform Amavasya Fasting. General rules apply in all regions but there will be minor regional variations.

Amavasya Fasting

Fasting is from sunrise to next day sunrise. One meal is taken during the course of the day.

Which God to worship on Amavasya?

Shiva is worshipped on Amavasya day. You can also offer prayers to Goddess Kali and any manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

Puja on Amavasya

The puja should be simple. There should not be any major puja. Offer prayers to Shiva and Mother Goddess by lighting lamp and doing aarti. Chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as many times as you can. Offer a fruit.

What to eat during Amavasya fasting?

You should avoid salt, onion and garlic on the day. You should not eat non-vegetarian food. The best option is to go for light vegetarian food like dahi rice.  Only one meal should be taken on the day. You should drink lots of water. Avoid taking sugary drinks. Pregnant women, elderly people, those taking medications or having medical conditions should not perform the fasting.

The fast is broken next morning by offering puja or by visiting a nearby shrine.