Amavasya is a Sanskrit term for a New Moon day and Aadi is a Tamil month, which starts in the middle to July and ends in the middle of August every year. Amavasya in the month of Aadi is one among the 3 New Moon days considered extremely powerful to honor one’s ancestors and receive their blessings.
Tarpanam and its BenefitsThe process of offering food to the souls of departed ancestors on a New Moon day is called Tarpanam. If the departed person died in a disturbed state of mind, the ritual will ease their emotional pain which binds them to the world and help release the souls into divine light. When the souls go into the light, they send their blessings to their descendants.
- Place a teaspoon of a mixture of the black sesame seeds and rice, a coin, a few small pieces of dharba grass into the palm of your right hand.
- Sprinkle few drops of water over the offerings
- Make a heartfelt prayer to your ancestors and you pour the water over the offerings and say “I call upon 6 generations of dead ancestors on my father’s side to come to me now and accept this offering. Take this energy. Be healed, be at peace, cross into the light. I ask that you be released from the earth plane.”
- Ask your ancestors to send you their blessings.
- Pour the rest of the water to wash off the offerings completely.