Saturday, September 17, 2011



Mahalaya Amavasya 2011 – Offer Tharpanam To Your Departed Ancestors this Mahalaya Paksha (Sept 13-27 IST)

Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitra Amavasya is the new moon day of Pitri Paksha or Mahalaya Paksha, the fortnight which is especially sacred for offering oblations or Tharpanam to the departed ancestors. It is believed that performing Tharpanams or Tarpan during the auspicious Mahalaya Paksha will bless your ancestors and will free them from all their sins.
Each day in the Mahalaya Paksha is ruled by a particular Tithi or Moon Phase and the benefits of offering Tharpanam on each day are different. Mahalaya Amavasya is the last day of the Mahalaya Paksha , which is considered as the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites and on this day people donate food, clothes etc.

Significance of Donating Food during Mahalaya Paksha

The easiest way to access God's grace is to feed a famished human being starving for food. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities and it is believed that whoever donates food will attain an 'elevated status'. There is an interesting legend highlighting the importance of donating food from the great epic Mahabharata.

Mahalaya Paksha - The Legend Behind

The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna, 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 here, 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 earth for 14 days, to make up for this deficiency.
Karna fed the Brahmins and poor and offered oblations of water during the 14 days, which are observed in the Mahalaya Paksha. On his return to Heaven, he had plenty of food and 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.

Help Me Access Grace by Feeding Hungry this Mahalaya

Mahalaya Paksha: The Ancestors' Time

Great enlightened beings, who have turned their body into light, visit the earth daily in their light form. Our departed ancestors also come and stay on this earth plane for 15 days in a year in our body, mind and soul and can change all these 3 positively. Even Gods cannot do what these ancestors can do for you; in fact, Gods ask you to go through your ancestors for blessings.
These auspicious 15 days, Mahalaya Paksha in 2011, starts from September 13th night, right after the full moon and ends on September 27th, the Mahalaya Amavasya night. This two week period is the most important period to appreciate your departed ancestors.

Know More about the Annual 15 Moons of 'Mahalaya

AstroVed Offerings

The Maha Ancestral ritual spans from the 1st Moon till the Amavasya and each day is ruled by a specific phase of the Moon. Check out the benefits of doing tharpanam on the specific moons in the chart below:
Moon Phase or Tithi Benefits of Specific Moon Phase Tarpans
1st Moon
Gives Wealth
2nd Moon (Dwitiya) Grants the Continuation of Lineage
3rd Moon (Trithiya) Gives Business Prosperity
4th Moon (Chaturthi) Gives Ability to Master Enemies
5th Moon (Panchami) Grants All- over Prosperity
6th Moon (Shashti) Grants a Solid Reputation
7th Moon (Saptami) Secures Inner Strength and Spirituality
8th Moon (Ashtami) Blesses with Intelligence
9th Moon (Navami) Open Up to Receive Support from Women
10th Moon (Dashami) Grants Success in Your Profession
11th Moon (Ekadashi) Grants Children Prosperity and Intelligence
12th Moon (Dvadashi) For Continuation of Lineage and Success from Education
13th (Trayodashi) and
14th (Chaturthi) Moon
Blessed with many Vehicles, Peace and Longevity
15th Moon (Amavasya) 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

Know More about the Annual 15 Moons of 'Mahalaya

Mahalaya 2011 Tharpanam In Kerala

During the 15 Moons of Mahalaya 2011, the sacred "Maha Tharpanam" ritual will be performed in Kerala for each of the days. Priests specialized for ancestral rituals, ensure that the ancestral souls are appeased by the Tharpanam, which will lift your curses and will shower blessings on you.
Help Me Lift My Curses & Appease My Departed Ancestors!

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