In the Ashada Month, the ‘No Moon Day’ or Ashada Amavasya is a very auspicious day. On Ashada Amavasya day, Deepa Puja is the major rite that is performed by the Hindus. On this particular day, most of the Hindus clean their house and all the diyas that they have in their household. They decorate the lamps with different bright colours.
It is to be noted that “Chourang” is a table used in the rite of Deepa puja. This table is cleaned well and decorated with different colors and kolam(rangoli) designs on its surface. All the diyas or deepams are placed in a proper manner on the table and lit fully in order to perform pooja.
This particular puja is largely dedicated to the Hindu deity of Pancha Maha Bhoota that is the five primordial elements; they are Air, Water, Fire, Sky and the Earth.
This puja is also dedicated to Ishta Devata of one’s choice. In certain cases, the devotees on the advice of Acharaya dedicate this puja to Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Parvati or Goddess Lakshmi.
It is to be remembered that on Ashada Amavasya’s evening the same diyas or deepams are lit and place around the house as it is done on the day of Deepavali festival. According to the Hindu religious scholar and pundits, it is strongly believed that the light’s radiations from the diyas will perfectly drive out all bad powers and the evil. On the other hand, it will welcome new brightness and positive energy into their life.