Amavasya and Purnima correspond to the two extreme states of the waxing waning cycle of the moon. While amavasya is called no moon day or new moon day, Purnima is called full moon day. Moon being the natural satellite of earth and being seen in sky graciously shining over the earth, it has always evoked the imagination and praise of people and it is rendered more interesting due to the waxing and waning cycle making it grow and diminish in size over the lunar month.
The moon goes around the earth once in every 29.5 days. The moon cannot glow on its own and it just reflects the sun rays falling on it. During its various positions around the earth, it is exposed to varying amount of sun rays as the earth occurs in between. Therefore moon appears to grow and reduce in its size.
When the earth completely blocks the moon from the sun, it is Amavasya and
when the moon is completely exposed to the sun, it is Purnima. Purnima is
considered as a highly auspicious in Hindu tradition when the positive forces
and divine energy rules over the earth. The birth anniversaries of some great
souls are celebrated on Purnima including Vyas Purnima and Buddha Purnima.
On each of the months of Hindu calendar, there is a special festival falling on the Purnima day. Some auspicious events performed on Purnima include Satya Narayan Vrat and Varalakshmi Vrat. Fasting and visiting Shiva or Vishnu temples on Purnima is considered auspicious.
Specialty of Festival Aadi Amaavaasya Aadi is the month when Sun is in the zodiac of Kataka (rasi) or Cancer. It is the house of Moon (Moon is the lord of Kataka). Amavasai or full moon day is the day when the Sun and the Moon rise and fall at the same time. Amavasai will always give good results as it is the beginning of a growing phase of the Moon.
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