Today, 13 December 2012 is Amavasya. It is Margashirsha Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendars (Purnimant Panchangs) and Kartika Amavasya in Amavasyant Panchang followed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat.
Amavasya Time on 12 & 13 December 2012
Amavasya begins at 5.55 PM on 12th December and ends at 2.11 PM on 13th December 2012. It marks the end of Kartik Month in Amavasyant calendars.
This No Moon day is Karthigai Amavasai in Tamil calendar and Vrischikam Month Amavasya in Malayalam calendar.
Amavasya is considered highly meritorious for Pitru Tharpan, Pinda Daan and other rituals dedicated to Pitru Devatas.