I stay in Seattle,USA and this is my way of staying connected to my roots and in fact I enjoy, celebrating these festivals. It brings memories untold from your motherland.:) I am making a record of these, for people who wish to celebrate and stay connected with their roots.
Bheemana Amavasya is also celebrated as Jyothirbheemeshwara Vratha. This is an important festival celebrated in Karnataka and is observed on the New Moon Day(Amavasya). This festival is usually celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashada (July-Aug). This year(2016) it is on 2nd August. On this day women pray Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi for their husbands and brothers well being.
Lamps/Deepasthambhas (1 or 2 depending on the way its celebrated in your house)
Turmeric Root/Harshinada kombu( 1)
Sandal Wood Paste
Observing Bheemana Amavasya:
On this day decorate the shrine or Pooja room with Rangoli and place a plinth or a pedestal, make sure you clean it and then decorate it with Rangoli.
Then spread some rice on the plinth,and then place the Deepasthambha on it. Here since I am in USA and I had only Aarti Deepa/lamp, I kept that on a Tealight candle holder.
Place a ganesha idol in front of the deepa/lamp, if you don’t have one like me, or you are in a place where you can’t get it, then place a beetle nut in the front, this symbolizes Lord Ganesha. Some people do keep both the Deepasthambhas for the Pooja.
Then tie a turmeric root to the Deepa/lamp, if there are two deepa’s/lamps then tie to the deepa/lamp on the right side.
Smear Turmeric powder to hasi dhara/thread with 9 knots and one flower. Prepare similar threads for every girl, woman who performs this pooja and keep it on the right side of the Deepa/Lamp on a beetle leaf.
Light the lamps before the Pooja starts and worship the Ganesha idol and Deepa/Lamp with Harshina/Kumkum(turmeric/vermillion) 9 layered gejje vastra, flowers and sandalwood paste.
Offer Kuchchida kadubu, Banana and Coconut to God.
Perform an Aarthi and pray god for Longevity, good health and Prosperity of your husband.
The thread is tied by women to each other, after the Pooja is completed.