Aadi Amavasai 25-Aug-2023
Aadi Amavasai, also known as “Aadi New Moon,” is a significant Tamil Hindu observance that falls in the Tamil month of Aadi. The Tamil month of Aadi usually spans from mid-July to mid-August. Amavasai refers to the new moon day, which occurs when the moon is not visible in the sky.
Aadi Amavasai is considered an auspicious day for performing rituals and offering prayers to ancestors, particularly to deceased parents, grandparents, and other departed souls. It is believed that during the Aadi month, the souls of the deceased ancestors visit their descendants, and thus, special prayers and offerings are made to honor and seek their blessings and guidance.
On this day, people visit temples, especially those dedicated to ancestors or forefathers, and perform rituals like Tarpanam or Tharpanam, which involves offering water and rice balls to ancestors as a gesture of gratitude and to seek their blessings for the family’s well-being and prosperity.
The observance of Aadi Amavasai is an essential cultural and religious event for many Tamil Hindu families who believe in maintaining a strong connection with their ancestors and respecting their contributions to the family lineage.