Chukkala Amavasya Puja, Gauri Vratam
Chukkala Amavasya is mainly observed in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka.
Chukkala Amavasya – Gauri Pooja Procedure
Chukkala Amavasya Puja is dedicated to Goddess Gauri. This vratam is observed by women for their marital bliss and the health of and long life of the husband. During this festival, women wake up early morning and take a ritual bath. After sanctifying the puja room, Gauri puja is performed.
Ganapati puja is done in the beginning, and then Gouri Puja is started. A small Gauramma idol is made with turmeric and worshipped with Shodashopachar (16 types of puja rituals) and stotras dedicated to Goddess Gowri. The particular recipe of Chukkala Amavasya is Kudumulu (dough balls). Kudumulu is offered as naivedyam to the Goddess.
During the Gouri Puja, women place sanctified threads in front of Gauramma. Those blessed threads are tied by vrata performed women to each other after the puja is done. Sanctified threads are called Raksha Kavach (protective armors).
Ashada Amavasya is celebrated as Hariyali Amavas in Gujarat. In other states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, on this Sawan Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya is celebrated. Fairs are organised in Udaipur, Rajsamand and some more towns of Rajasthan on Hariyali Amavasya.
Chukkala Amavasya or Ashada Amavasya is observed as Bheemana Amavasya or Jyothi Bheemeshwara Vrata or Pathi Sanjivini Vrata in Karnataka and Gatari Amavasya in Maharashtra. On this day, Deepa Puja is also performed in some regions of India.