Mahalaya Paksha 2015

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The Krishna Paksha dark fortnight of Ashwini Month/Aswayuja (September–October) is known as Mahalaya Paksha. Mahalaya Amavasya 2015 date is Tuesday 12th October. Mahalaya Paksha starts on Monday 28th September and it ends on Tuesday 12th October in 2015. Mahalaya Paksha is also called as Pitra Amavasya or Pitrulaya Amavasya. Mahalaya Paksha starts on Bhadrapad Maas on the full moon day. Mahalaya Paksha begins with the full moon day (Purnima) that occurs immediately after the Ganesh festival and ending with the no moon day known as Sarvapitri amavasya, Apart from this Shraadh is also performed on the birth star of the dead person and also on the nakshatra the person died. If death anniversary of ancestors are not known or forgotten then those Shraadh can be performed on this Mahalaya Amavasya.

Mahalaya Paksha 2015
Mahalaya Paksha 2015
Procedure of Mahalaya Paksha :

The male who performs the shraddha should take a purifying bath should wear a dhoti. The shraddha involves pinda-daan, which is an offering to the ancestors of pindaa's. shradda should be performed in front of a brahmin. Pindam (It is prepared by combining the wheat flour, water and milk). The total number of pindaa's will be six. in which three are large and three will be small. Dharba grass is made like a ring and it is weared to the middle finger. Gingelly (Thil/Nuvvulu), vermilon (kumkum), turmeric, flowers, akshintalu pour on the pindaa's while chanting the names of the dead people like grand father, forefathers like last three generations. Then the pindaa's will be released in to the rivers, lakes. After the pindaa pradana take a bath in the river. Some sweets are made in home and it is given as nivedya. Donating food, vegetables, rice, grains, clothes on this day will be graceful.

Significance of  Mahalaya Paksha :

Tarpan during the auspicious Mahalaya Paksha will bless your ancestors and will free them from all their sins. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities.

Mahalaya Paksha Shraadh Dates in 2015 are:

September 28 : Mahalya Pitru Paksha begins

September 29 : Dwitiya Shraadh

September 30 : Tritiya Shraadh

October 1    : Chaturthi Shraadh

October 2    : Panchami Shraadh

October 3    : Shasti Shraadh

October 4    : Saptami Shraadh

October 5    : Ashtami Shraadh

October 6    : Navami Shraadh

October 7    : Dashami Shraadh

October 8    : Ekadashi Shraadh

October 9    : Dwadashi Shraadh

October 10   : Trayodashi Shraadh

October 11   : Chaturdashi Shraadh

October 12   : Mahalaya Amavasya (Important)

Shraadh Time:

Daytime is divided into 5 equal parts as follows (assuming sunrise at 6 a.m. and sunset at 6 p.m.):

Praatha – 06:00 to 08:24

Sanghava – 08:25 to 10:48

Maadhyaanha – 10:49 to 13:12

Aparaanha – 13:13 to 15:36

Saayankaal – 15:37 to 18:00

On Amavasyas Shraadh is done to forefathers by Brahmin's whose father has died earlier. Nowadays a short 20 minute version of the ceremony is done then offering black sesame and water as oblation to departed souls. Olden days naivedya preparation Started earlier at 5 am and tarpanam given at Aparaanha time.


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