18 May 2015 is Somvati Amavasya. Somvati Amavasya (Amasomvar Vrat) is an auspicious to perform Shiva Puja and many other pujas mentioned in the Scriptures. Somvati Amavasya is observed on the No Moon which falls on Somavar (Monday).
18 May 2015 Somvati Amavasya is Jyeshta Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendars. It is Vaishakh Amavasya in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati calendars. And this Amavasya is Vaigasi Amavasai in Tamil calendar, Edavam Month Amavasya in Malayalam calendar and Jyeshta Month Amabashya in Bengali Panji.
Somvati Amavasya time in May 2015 – it starts at 11.59 AM on 17 May and ends on 18 May at 9.42 AM.
The importance or significance of Somvati Amavasya
The importance and significance of Somvati Amavasya is narrated by Bhishma to Dharma Raj in the Mahabharat. Devotees believe that taking a holy dip in sacred rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri would considered as highly auspicious.
Performing ritual bath in holy rivers on the day of Somavati Amavasya would provide prosperity, make free from diseases and give peace to souls of ancestors.
Read more about the importance of Somvati Amavasya in this previous article…
Somvati Amavasya Vrat Katha
The story, vrat katha of Somvati Amavasya is associated with the daughter of a moneylender and a washerwoman… The story goes like this…. Read full story
Here are the mantras (Sankalpa Mantras) to be chanted during Somvati Amavasya Puja.
Panchang, Somvati Amavasya, 18 May 2015
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 05:48 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:58
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 05:51 Chandrastama (Moonset) 19:17
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Amavasya – 09:42
Nakshatra Krittika – 21:55
Yoga Shobhana – 11:15
Karana Kinstughna – 20:42
Purnimanta Month Jyeshtha
Amavasyanta Month Vaisaakha
Shaka Samvatsara: Manmadha
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Kilaka
Rahu Kalam: 07:27 – 09:06
Gulika Kalam: 14:02 – 15:40
Yama Gandam: 10:44 – 12:23
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Vrishabha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Vrishabha
Amrita Kalam 19:39 – 21:10
Abhijit: 11:57 – 12:49
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 10:35 – 12:05
Durmuhurthams: 15:27 – 16:20