Amla Navami – One auspicious festival in kartika month
Anla Navami is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon (Kartik Shukla Nabami) during the Kartik month (October – November). This Nabami ritual is mainly followed in Orissa. Anla Navami 2011 date is November 4. On this day pujas and rituals are offered to Anla Plant. Anla Navami ritual is mainly performed by women in Orissa. The day is of great significance at the Sakhigopal Temple near Puri. On this day devotees get the darshan of the feet of the idol of Radha in the temple.
Anla Nabami Mela is also organized during the period in Puri. Awala Navami is dedicated to Amla or Awala (gooseberry tree). It is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Kartik Month (October – November). Awala Navami 2011 date is November 4. This ritual is dedicated to the Amla Tree (Gooseberry). Women offer prayers and perform puja to the Awala tree and eat beneath the tree. The greatness of Awala puja is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Skanda Purana.
The popular belief is that during the Kartik month gods and sages reside on the Awala Tree. Therefore worshipping Awala during the period can help in destroying sins and in fulfilling wishes. The Puranas also equate Awala Tree with Goddess Lakshmi. Awala is also known as Dhatri and thus the worship is essentially for prosperity and auspiciousness.
The Awala fruit ripens during the period and therefore it is also a sort of thanksgiving to Nature. The medicinal and therapeutic value of Awala is very famous and is used in India for various medicinal purposes especially in Ayurveda. The day is observed as Anla Navami in Odisha . by Harihar Rautaray