Today, 20 May 2012 is Amavasya (No Moon) in Hindu calendar. It is Jyeshta Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendars and Vaishakh Amavasya in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars. It is Edava Maasa Amavasai in Malayam calendar and Vaigasi Maasa Amavasai in Tamil calendar.
Amavasya begins at 2.41 AM on 20 May and ends at 5.16 AM on 21 May 2012.
This Amavasya is referred to as ‘Bhanuvara Amavasya’ as it falls on Sunday (Bhanuvara).
Vat Amavasya is another name for Jyeshta Amavasya in North India. Vat Savitri Vrat is observed during this No Moon.
Annular or Partial Solar Eclipse (Pakshik Surya Grahan) will be taking place on 20 & 21 May 2012. This eclipse will be visible over USA, Canada, China, Japan, Philippines, Eastern Malaysia, North Eastern India and some more places of Asia.