Bheemana Amavasye

This gives insight to the actual way the festival is celebrated in a traditional household

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Bheemana Amavasye or Jyotir Bheemeshwara Vrata

Today is Amavasya, the New Moon day in the Krishna Paksha (in the Waning Phase) in the month of Ashada. It is observed in Karnataka as Bheemana Amavasye or Jyotir Bheemeshwara Vrata.

The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvathi. Unmarried women pray for the well being of their brothers, father, generally for all male members of the family. Married women observe the vratham for the long life of their husband. Married women observe the vratham for nine consecutive years after marriage and in the ninth year a pair of lamps is given to their brothers or a Brahmin.

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Two lamps are lit with ghee and kept on the rice spread in a plate and is considered as Parvathi and Parameshwara. One of the lamps is tied with Arishinada Kombu (turmeric root) which is considered as goddess Parvathi. A yellow thread (Gowri dhara) made out of…

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