Gatari Amavasya is a No Moon Day marking the end of the month of Ashadha according to the Hindu calendar.This year it is falling on the 2 nd of August and is famous in popular culture as people indulge themselves in merriment the whole day. The month of Shravan begins the next day and for the entire month they wouldn’t be able to touch alcohol or non-vegetarian food. Therefore, they enjoy these to their fullest on Gatari.
But that’s not what the day stands for. It is a very auspicious occasion and Deepa Puja is performed on this day. It is a day to clean and tidy the house and decorate it with diyas or earthen lamps. The lamps are put on a clean and sanctified table called the Chourang and rangoli is designed around it. Each Marathi household looks beautiful on Gatari Amavasya.
The Gatari festival is also known as Ashadha Amavasya and is celebrated with a lot of fervour in Maharashtra. Deepa Puja is the most special part of Gatari and images of Ishta Devata along with the five elements of nature – air, water, fire, sky and earth are worshipped. The elements are called Panch Maha Bhootas. People believe that by performing the special Deepa Puja on Gatari will provide them with 8 kinds of wealth – Asta Aishwaryas.
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