18 December 2017 is Somvati Amavasya, Amasomvar Vrata. It is 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 December 2017 Somvati Amavasya is Poush Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendars. It is Margashirsha Amavasya in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati calendars. And this Amavasya is Margazhi Amavasai in Tamil calendar, Dhanu Month Amavasya in Malayalam calendar and Poush Month Amabashya in Bengali Panji.
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 December 2017
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:05 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:40
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)30:48 Chandrastama (Moonset)17:15
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Chaturdashi – 09:29
Nakshatra Jyeshtha – Full Night
Yoga Shula – 27:01*
Karana Chatushpada – 22:43
Purnimanta Month Paush
Amavasyanta Month Margashirsha
Shaka Samvatsara: Hevilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Sadharana
Rahu Kalam: 16:21 – 17:40
Gulika Kalam: 15:01 – 16:21
Yama Gandam: 12:23 – 13:42
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Dhanu
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Vrischika
Amrita Kalam 21:15 – 23:03
Abhijit: 12:01 – 12:44
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 29:20* – 31:07*
Durmuhurthams: 16:15 – 16:58