There is a 15 day period after the Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox (in the northern hemisphere) known as Mahalaya. This Waning Moon phase is a critical time each year for honoring ancestors. It concludes on the New Moon which is called Mahalaya Amavasya.
This is also known as Pitra Amavasya and is believed to be particularly sacred for offering our deepest gratitude to our anestors.The spiritual reality in ancestral appeasement is immense and goes beyond practical benefits.
This year, Mahalaya Amavasya falls on October 12th, 2015. Performing rites for ancestors will bring satisfaction to the departed souls. Since ancestors have the power to make or break you, Tarpanam is an effective method for incurring their blessings and helping them turn into Guardian Angels.
Just as individuals stay connected to the societies they belong to, our departed ancestors will leave their abode and come down to the Earth on the Amavasya (New Moon) day to stay in the houses of their descendants.
The spiritual link of Tarpanam, i.e, the simple ritual act of offering balls of rice, sesame seeds and water to keep the departed well-fed and spiritually nourished, will empower and release your loved one’s soul from emotional pains and other worldly bondages . Once they evolve from their normal soul transition, ancestors become family deities who bless their children, bestowing health, success and prosperity to their family tree.
Tarpanam works with your Soul Genetics, the DNA level of your soul. Tarpanam cleanses the biological and soul desires you have inherited from your ancestral lineage.The seed energy you have inherited from the previous generations opens you to a source for seeking spiritual energies for addressing specific problems of your life. Therefore appeasing ancestors can determine our fates as much as our individual karmas.
This year Mahalaya Paksha (the Waning Moon phase for honoring ancestors) occurs between September 28 th – October 12th, 2015 (IST). It is an opportunity to revisit your soul’s source code and to take a spiritual journey for attracting your ancestor’s blessings.
During the initial phase, the Moon will be in Pisces,the 12th sign of the natural Zodiac. The 12th house signifies salvation. The “saintly planet” Ketu will also be present in this sign This is a positive placement for those who want to attain Moksha (attaining God’s feet or liberation). The Moon with Ketu represents maternal ancestors.
Mahalaya ends on October 12th when the Moon will be in the sign of Virgo. The Moon will be along with Rahu and Mercury. Rahu, planet of new ideas, represents paternal ancestors. Tarpanam done during this Mahalaya will help your ancestors’ souls attain Moksha and liberate them from the cycle of birth and death.
In addition, donating food and clothing for the lesser priviliged on Mahalaya New Moon anchors your mind for greater causes and does not make you stay stuck within a small, limited mindset.
This means, when you pray during this time, seek blessings of your ancestors, and offer donations during this time with complete love, gratification and respect. Their grace can help you:
- Grow spiritually and improve on your intelligence
- Change your pattern of thoughts and outlook
- Bring confidence and drive for success in your goals
- Bring you peace of mind.
Astrologically,this Mahalaya is more connected to the ancestral spirits. When spirits of your family tree are propitiated as divine beings through powerful religious rites and ceremonies, they bring you blessings of the divine, too.