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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Amhaspati, AMhaspati, Amhaspati

Aṃhaspati literally means ‘lord of sins’.

An intercalary month, especially the kṣayamāsa (the lunar month omitted for adjustments of the calendar) is called ‘aṃhaspati’ in the Vedas.[1]


  1. Vājasaneyī Samhitā 22.30, 31
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore