Today, 3 November 2013 is Amavasya (Kartik Amavasya / Ashwin Amavasya). It is observed as Kartik Amavasya as per North Indian calendars. It is the last day and marks the ending of Vikram Samvat Year 2069.
Time of Amavasya November 2013
Amavasya begins at 8.04 PM on 2nd November and ends at 6.12 PM on 3rd November.
This day is considered as Ashwin Amavasya according to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka calendars. It is considered as Diwali Amavasya in all Hindu calendars.
On the next day of this Amavasya, Govardhan Puja and Annakut Puja are performed. The same day, Gujaratis celebrate their New Year Day known as Nutan Varsh or Bestu Varsh.
Kartik Amavasya is very auspicious for North Indian people who observe this day as Pitrukarya Amavasya. On this day, Pitru karma or rituals related to Pinda Daan are performed along the River banks of Ganga, Brahmaputra, Yamuna and Mahanadi.
Amavasya in November 2013 marks the end of Gujarati Vikram Samvat 2069 year and the next day, Kartik Sud 1, heralds the Gujarati New Year 2013 – 2014 (Gujarati year Vikram samvatsar 2070).
On this Amavasya, there is a solar eclipse (Surya grahan) in 2013. It will not be visible in India, Pakistan, and many other parts of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This solar eclipse will be visible over USA, Canada, Africa, South America, some parts of Europe, and some parts of Gulf countries like UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, etc..