Khandoba temple in Jejuri

India celebrates Somvati Amavasya

Thousands of devotees throng at the celebrated Khandoba temple in Jejuri on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya, on Monday July 8. (IE Photo: Vijay Kumar Harichandre)

Thousands of devotees throng at the celebrated Khandoba temple in Jejuri on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya, on Monday July 8.
It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred rivers like Ganga and Yamuna. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat. (IE Photo: Vijay Kumar Harichandre)

It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred rivers like Ganga and Yamuna. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat.
Interestingly, the significance of Somvati Amavasya was narrated to Yudhishthir by Bhishma in the Mahabharata. It is said that whoever takes a bath in the sacred rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of disease and free from grief and sorrow. (IE Photo: Rajesh Stephen)

Interestingly, the significance of Somvati Amavasya was narrated to Yudhishthir by Bhishma in the Mahabharata. It is said that whoever takes a bath in the sacred rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of disease and free from grief and sorrow.
There is also a popular belief that the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers. (IE Photo: Rajesh Stephen)

There is also a popular belief that the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers.
Married women take the holy dip for a happy married life and for the long life of their husbands and worship the peepal tree on the day. (PTI)

Married women take the holy dip for a happy married life and for the long life of their husbands and worship the peepal tree on the day.

Worshippers began converging along the banks of Sangam from early morning. Though Amavasya occurs every month, in Hindu tradition it is believed to be the most auspicious when it falls on a Monday, he said. (PTI) Worshippers began converging along the banks of Sangam from early morning. Though Amavasya occurs every month, in Hindu tradition it is believed to be the most auspicious when it falls on a Monday, he said.