Although it is a normal practice for parties and candidates to hold poojas and havans on the results day, this time around these rituals have a special flavour as counting falls on a Amavasya day. Another thing which left some of the Karnataka politicians spooked is the fact that voting for the Karnataka Assembly was held on May 12, a Saturday, and counting is being held on May 15.
Some consider Saturday inauspicious as the deity of the weekday is 'Shani', a planet god who supposedly gets angry easily. Another cause of concern for many is the date of counting - May 15 - which is on Amavasya.
For those who believe in astrology, this voting on Saturday and counting on Amavasya is a worrying combination. According to reports, the dates have already spooked many sitting MLAs and others in the fray.
JDS's HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Nagamangala ahead of counting of votes for #KarnatakaElections2018 . Kumaraswamy is contesting from Ramanagara and Channapatna constituencies pic.twitter.com/3usqTFsRch— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2018
But logically speaking, if Amavasya is indeed inauspicious, then it is inauspicious for all those contesting elections. It is highly unlikely that Amavasya would be prejudiced and be inauspicious to some but not so much for others. This is something only experts in astrology would be able to answer.
Amavasya means New moon lunar phase in Sanskrit. Except for the Karttika Amavasya (Amavasya of Diwali), the Amavasya is considered inauspicious as per Hindu beliefs.