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Pithori Amavasya : Hindu Mother’s day

Pithori Amavasya   Pithori Amavasya is observed on the Amavas (No moon) day in the month of Bhadrapad (August – September) as per North Indian calendar. The corresponding month in other regions is the Shravanmonth. Goddess Durga is worshipped on Pithori Amavasya. Legend Legend has it that the importance of Pithori Amavasya Vrat was narrated to the wife of Lord Indra by Goddess Parvati. It is believed that performing this Vrata will help in attaining healthy brave sons.   Rituals of Pithori Amavasya   Pithori Amavasya is observed by married women. “Pitha” means flour from which life and name comes into existence. On this day, women who have children worship 64 Goddess and pray for long life of their children. The idols of 64 Goddess are made of Pitha, the flour. In some regions, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Yogini. Each pitha represents one Yogini. So there are 64 yoginis.   Another important feature is worship of Saptamatrikas. Saptamatrikas are the 7 divine mothers who are seen associated with Shiva and Shakti. Names of 7 devis are: Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi. There are several legends associated with each of them, which are found in the Kurma Purana, Varaha Purana and the Mahabharata. When Yogeshwari, a divine Shakti created by Lord Shiva, is mentioned then the count is eight.   On the day of pithori amavasya 64 Yoginis and Saptamatrikas are worshipped. Married women form a gathering and take part in celebrations. They prepare special recipes and offer to the Goddess. They exchange gifts with each other. They bless their children for their future.   On this day though it is new moon day, there are millions of stars in the night sky & they give an appearance in the sky as if wheat flour is spread all across the sky. Hence it is also called Pithori Amavasya.