The Amavasya of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada is called Kushotpatini Amavasya and Pithori Amavasya. On this day, the priests bring the grass named Kusha out of the river, valleys and bring it home to perform rituals throughout the year. Kusha grass is called Kansa in Uttarakhand. The scientific name of Kusha is called Eragrostis cynosuroides.
If the grass used in religious works, Shraddha karma etc. is collected on this day, it will be fruitful throughout the year. Any religious worship without kusha grass is considered fruitless. Therefore, Kusha grass is used prominently in the Hindu worship system. Any kusha broken on this day remains holy throughout the year.
On Kushotpatini Amavasya, there are some rules for getting out of Kusha Grass which are necessary to be followed.
Ten types of Kusha are described in the scriptures.
kushaah kaasha yava doorva usheeraachchhik sakundakaah |
godhooma braahmayo maun dash darbhaah ||
Being very holy, it also has a name called Pavitri. Its ends are pointed. While leaving Kusha on the day of Kushotpatini Amavasya, it should be kept in mind that the Kusha should not be cut with any tool, it should be removed only by hands and the Kusha grass should not be broken. That is, the grass face should not be broken. Sunrise is considered the best time to collect Kusha. While uttering the mantra 'Uum Hum Fut', Uttarabhuk should be uprooted and should be uprooted. Remove the Kusha at once with the right hand.
It is believed that when Sita ji was engulfed in the earth, Shri Rama ji ran quickly and tried to stop her, but only Sita's hair could come in her hand. This hair sign turned into Kusha Grass.
In Hinduism, Amavasya Tithi is considered special for shraddha karma, tarpan, pindadan, etc. performed for the ancestors. This date is also considered important for the prevention of charity, Kalsarpa dosha. In Bhadrapada Amavasya, many measures are also taken for the happiness, peace and wealth of the family. Bhadrapada Amavasya is also called Pithora Amavasya, hence Goddess Durga is worshiped on this day. It is said that on this day, Mother Parvati told Indrani the importance of this fast. Goddess Durga is worshiped by married women for the attainment of children and the longevity of their offspring.
Kushotpatini or Pithori Amavasya in 2024 is on Monday, 02 September 2024. Amavasya Tithi will start at 05:21 AM on 02 Sep 2024 and end at 07:24 AM on 03 Sep 2024.