Pithori Amavasya or Pitori Amavas is the festival observed on the Amavasya (No Moon day) during Bhadrapad month or Bhadra month. In 2020, Pithori Amavasya date is August 18. As per Marati Calendar, Pithori Amavasya, also celebrated as Pola, falls on Amavasya in the Sravan month.
Pithori Amavasya is an observance performed by married woman for their children health and prosperity. ‘Pith’ means flour by which the name comes into existence.
On Pitori Amavas, married women, especially mothers, worship 64 Goddesses for their children long life. In the past, idols of these 64 Goddesses were made of ‘Pith and some special recipes were offered to the Goddesses.
Saptamatrukas and Ashtamatrukas are also worshipped on Pitori Amavas.
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Shravan Amavasya is observed as Polala Amavasya. On Pithori Amavasya, performing Pitru Tharpan or the Pinda daan to dead ancestors is highly meritorious.
Panchang, 18 August 2020
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:08 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:53
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)30:01 Chandrastama (Moonset)18:40
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Chaturdashi – 10:39
Nakshatra Ashlesha – 28:08*
Yoga Varigha – 24:35*
Karana Chatushpada – 21:28
Purnimanta Month Bhaadrupada
Amavasyanta Month Sraavana
Shaka Samvatsara: Sharvari
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Pramadicha
Rahu Kalam: 15:41 – 17:17
Gulika Kalam: 12:30 – 14:06
Yama Gandam: 09:19 – 10:54
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Simha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Karka – 28:08:16*
Amrita Kalam 26:38* – 28:08*
Abhijit: 12:05 – 12:56
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 17:40 – 19:10
Durmuhurthams: 23:23 – 24:08*
Pithori Amavasya in Previous Years
In 2019, Pithori Amavasya date was August 30.
In 2018, Pithori Amavasya date was September 9.
In 2017, Pithori Amavasya date was August 21.
In 2016, Pithori Amavasya date was September 1.
In 2015, Pithori Amavasya date was September 12.
In 2014, Pithori Amavasya date was August 25.
In 2013, Pithori Amavasya date was September 5
In 2012, Pithori Amavasya date was August 17. In 2012, it was Adhik Bhadrapad Amavasya.