Mahalaya Amavasya – The Sacred Day of Ancestors
Mahalaya Amavasya is the special and critical new Moon, which is considered auspicious for honoring your ancestors. This new Moon day is also called Sarva Pitri Amavasya, as it has the power to relieve your ancestral souls and help them attain salvation. Offering Tarpanam to our forefathers during the waning fortnight, which culminates on Mahalaya Amavasya is thus the most effective way to appease our ancestors and receive their immense blessings.
Why Should You Offer Tarpanam During Mahalaya?
Mahalaya Paksha is the special 15-day period when the souls of our ancestors will leave their abode and reach the earth plane to accept our offerings and in turn bestow their blessings for our wellbeing. Hence, it is essential to offer Tarpanam to our ancestors, make sure their souls are fed and satisfied and help them attain moksha or salvation.
If you have not performed Tarpanam earlier in life, you were not able to offer Tarpanam on other Amavasya (new Moon), Purnima (full Moon) days and would like to perform Tarpanam (Ancestral Poojas) for those who faced unnatural death or their death dates are unknown, Mahalaya Amavasya is the ideal day to satiate their restless souls and help them seek relief from the cycle of birth and death.
Scientifically, on a new Moon day, the Sun and Moon exert their combined gravitational pull on earth, attracting their energies upwards and paves the way for heightened awareness. On Mahalaya Amavasya, you can also perform Tarpanam rituals for those who died without children. Satisfying the souls of our ancestors on this significant day can thus promote happiness, solve problems, remove obstacles and also provide relief from ailments in your life.
What Can You Do On Mahalaya Amavasya?
If you cannot visit the pilgrim sites for offering Tarpanam to your ancestors, you can always perform the rituals at your home. You will need a few simple items to offer Tarpanam – white rice, black sesame seeds, Dharba grass and a copper pot of water. See our video on how to offer Tarpanam to ancestors from your home here!
Appease your ancestors this Mahalaya Amavasya to help them attain salvation and receive their immense blessings for a prosperous life!