Mahalaya: Dissolve Your Ancestral Karma
Gain Your Ancestors Blessings
Mahalaya Amavasya: October 4th, 2013 IST



Mahalaya Amavasya falls on 4th October 2013, IST and is very favorable for praying for the liberation of ancestors. This day can be used for relieving the sins done against women, injustice and cheating, acts done crossing the taboo boundaries etc. Visualizing and offering prayers to ancestors during Mahalaya period will bring relief in all walks of life, especially health and wealth. This will bring lots of blessings for the lineage.

Your Ancestors will stay with you during the two week period known as Mahalaya Paksha. This important period is looked even by enlightened yogis and rishis to receive the blessings from their own ancestors. Ancestors have a great impact in our life and they govern our destiny.

While every Moon during Mahalaya is important, the 8th Waning Moon that falls on 27th of September has unique qualities you should be aware of:

  • The Moon joins Jupiter (the knowledge giver) in Gemini.
  • This forms a powerful yoga called GajaKesari, which bestows name and fame.
  • The Moon is in a sign ruled by Mercury, in the star Ardra, which is governed by Rahu.
  • Rahu, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury are in Libra, the 5th House from the Moon.

To Live a Successful and Peaceful Life, we should get blessings from our ancestors and generally there are 2 primary causes for problems:

1) Problems caused by Navagrahas (9 Planets)
2) Problems/Obstacles caused by our Ancestral Spirits

Usually, ancestors who have departed with unfulfilled desires are problematic and if we fix the above mentioned problems, we can lead a peaceful life. Performing Tarpanam is the most effective means for helping departed loved ones and ancestors and it can also change our destiny.

Why to Appease Departed Ancestors ?

Our Ancestors live in ancestral world (Pitra loka) and they can help in solving problems related to money, career, health, relationship,etc., quite easily. Communicate and reconnect with them during this Mahalaya paksha.

Significance of Donating Food and Clothing

The easiest way to access God's grace is to feed a person who is starving for food and to donate clothes. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities. When you donate food and clothing to those in need, it elevates your soul. There is an interesting legend highlighting the importance of donating food.

The Legend

Karna, the renowned hero of the Epic Mahabharata, was a great philanthropist and he never said no to anyone who approached him for help. He had donated huge wealth and had done all kinds of charity, except for donating food.

Karna left the earthly curl after his death and reached heaven. The great charity which he had done on the earth plane was returned to him hundredfold there, but it was all material wealth and no food at all. He then realized that although he had done all kinds of charities, he did not donate food. He prayed to the God of Death, who sent him back to the earth for a fortnight, to make up for this deficiency. Karna fed the Brahmins and poor and offered oblations of water during the fortnight. On his return to Heaven, he had plenty of food. It has been anticipated that offerings made during the period of Mahalaya Paksha benefits all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.

Mahalaya Paksha 2013: 15 Moons and Their Benefits


Moon Phase or Tithi Benefits of Specific Moon Phase Tarpanams
1st Moon Gives Wealth
2nd Moon Grants the Continuation of Lineage
3rd Moon Gives Business Prosperity
4th Moon Gives Ability to Master Enemies
5th Moon Grants All over Prosperity
6th Moon Grants a Solid Reputation
7th Moon Secures Inner Strength and Spirituality
8th Moon Blesses with Intelligence
9th Moon Open Up to Receive Support from Women
10th Moon Grants Success in Your Profession
11th Moon Grants Children Prosperity and Intelligence
12th Moon For Continuation of Lineage and Success from Education
13th Moon and 14th Moon Blesses with many Vehicles, Peace and Longevity
Mahalaya Amavasya - New Moon If you miss any of the above days, New Moon is highly recommended. This is also an essential day for doing Tarpanam for those who died due to weapons or accidents. During this day, the known and unknown souls that have departed during the last 30 years are treated equal to God.