According to the Sanskrit language, “Ama” means “together” and “vasya’ means “to dwell” or “cohabit”. Irrespective of religions in old Indian tradition and culture plus strong beliefs, the day of Amavasya is considered as the right and perfect time of great power.
According to the Tamil language, though amavasya is usually used in religious spheres, the Tamil scholars and pundits prefer the term largely as “Puthuppirai”.
It is to be noted that in order to propitiate both the Moon God and the Sun God, fasting is observed by the religious followers. The Amavasya is considered inauspicious except for the Kartika Amavasya that is the Amavasya of Deepavali. It is to be remembered that Amavasya is the new moon day. In many Hindu households, the day is observed as a day of fasting.
The Hindu calendar is largely planned and organized according to the given lunar month. On the other hand, Amavasya is the beginning of the new lunar month that last 29/30 days. Most of the Hindu religious festivals fall on the day of Amavasya. Example, Diwali or the festival of lights falls on this particular day.
Mainly for Tamil people, the significance of the day of Amavasya is considered as the day of new beginnings. Most of the new ventures and deals are performed on this particular day.
The Hindu religious followers observe this day by visiting the temples and performing various rituals and prayers in order to please the ancestors and Gods. They strongly believe that by doing so they will be wholeheartedly blessed by their ancestors and Gods in order to have a better future.