Somvati Amavasya, the Amavas that falls on a Somvar (Monday), is considered as auspicious day for Hindu devotees. In 2013, Somvati Amavasya date: March 11, July 8 and December 2.
Significance of Somvati Amavasya – Somvati Amavas Mahatmya:
The importance and significance of Somvati Amavasya is narrated by Bhishma to Dharma Raj in the Mahabharat. Devotees believe that taking a holy dip in sacred rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri would considered as highly auspicious. Performing ritual bath in holy rivers on the day of Somavati Amavasya would provide prosperity, make free from diseases and give peace to souls of ancestors.
Married women observe Somavara Amavasya Vrata on Somvati Amavasya day. Some people also observe fasting on Somvati Amavasya. On Somvati Amavasya, many people take holy dip (Punya Snaan) at holy places such as Haridwar, Varanasi (Kasi), Triveni Sangam and Prayag.
Sankalpa Mantra to worship Lord Lakshmi Narayana on Somvati Amavasya – Ama Somvar Vrata Stotra:
“Santhathi chiranjeevatva parama soubhagya kama asyam somavathya mamaayaam brahma Vishnu shivatma kashwaththa vrukshe yathamilithopacharie lakshmi narayana poojam karsihye”
Merits of Somvati Amavasya Vrata – Ama Somvar Vrata Phala:
After the Kurukshetra war, Yudhistira was anxious with the Kuru pandava dynasty and asked Bhishma to advice something to rejuvenate the dynasty for his coming generations. Bhishma suggested Dharmaraj to observe Somvati Amavasya Vrata (Ama Somvara Vratam). He also explained him the merits of this vrata as – whoever observes the Ama Somvara Vrata would get long living and noble children.