Hariyali Amavasya is the first Amavasya (no moon day) in the Hindu month of Shravana and is considered highly auspicious. The day falls during the months of July or August in the Gregorian calendar and is celebrated with great fervour in Northern states of India like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Hariyali Amavasya is also referred as the ‘Festival of Greenery’, planting a sapling on the day is the best way to enjoy the seamless beauty of the nature. Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna are worshipped on the day. Hariyali Amavasya falls three days before Hariyali Teej. Devotees throng Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura and Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan to offer prayers to Lord Krishna. Several temples of Lord Shiva also organise puja on Hariyali Amavasya. In 2018, Hariyali Amavasya falls on August 10.
Hariyali Amavasya corresponds with Ashada Amavasya which is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu where Amavasyant Lunar Calendar is followed. Hariyali Amavasya is also known as Haryali Amavas and Hariyali Amas in Gujarat. Hariyali Amavasya is called as ‘Gatari Amavasya’ in Maharashtra, ‘Chitalagi Amavasya’ in Orissa and ‘Chukkala Amavasya’ in Andhra Pradesh. The names may vary in each state but the spirit of celebrations remains the same.
- Devotees wake up early and perform special puja for ‘pitras’ (departed souls). Special meals are prepared and offered to Brahmins. Performing Pirtu Tarpan and Daan Punya are considered rewarding.
- Lord Shiva is worshipped on Hariyali Amavasya. It is believed that performing Shiva puja on the day helps to bring wealth and prosperity. Vedic mantras are recited to please Lord Shiva.
- Devotees also observe a day-long vrat.
- There is also a tradition to worship ‘Peepal’ trees on Hariyali Amavasya.
Amawasya tithi begins: August 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm
Amawasya tithi ends: August 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm