What is Mahalaya and Significance
Mahalaya Amavasya 2016 Saturday 30 September
Find out the Significance of Mahalaya
‘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 to the departed ancestors. It is believed that performing ‘Tarpanams or Tarpan’ during the auspicious Mahalaya Paksha will bless your ancestors and will free them from all their sins.
Actually, such observance of Amavasya are not necessary ONLY FOR those who are doing their devotional service PERFECTLY under a spiritual master from an authorized sampradhaya and FEEL RENOUNCED. Other starting level devotees or those who are not advanced in krishna Consciousness may perform these rituals for their ancestors.
Each day in the Mahalaya Paksha is ruled by a particular Tithi or Moon Phase and the benefits of offering Tarpanam on each day are different.
How to Perform Tarpan (Tarpanam)?
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.
Every year, Mahalaya Paksha falls for 14 days in September-October. This two week’s period is the most important one to appreciate your departed ancestors!
The impact ancestors have on your life is profound. In fact, sastras ask you to go through your ancestors (to get what you want). Ancient cultures know that the ancestors have a powerful governing influence over our destiny.
Four Ways to Gain Your Ancestors’ Blessings: (One can observe any one according to his situation):
1. Group Tarpan for ALL 15 Moons of Mahalaya (or)
2. 1st and Last Moon Mahalaya Tarpan (or)
3. 15th Moon (last day, New Moon) of Mahalaya Tarpan (or)
4. Food And Clothing Donation to People in need on the New Moon Day
Why is Mahalaya Important? (Significance of Mahalaya)
It is during Mahalaya that you can Dissolve 2 types of Ancestral Karma:
1) Karma that blocks your Ancestors from blessing you
2) Karma that keeps your Ancestors trapped in this world
Mahalaya Tarpan provides an extra assurance that departed loved ones and ancestors can be appeased and that their souls are released from this world.
Dissolve Your Ancestral Karma:
The easiest way to access God’s grace is to feed a famished human being starving for food and to donate clothes. 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.
The Legend Behind:
The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna (Karan), 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.
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.
In fact, sastras ask you to go through your ancestors for blessings. These auspicious 15 days of Mahalaya Paksha in 2016, is the most important two week period to appreciate your departed ancestors.
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