Mahalaya Amavasya 2012

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. 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 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. This year, Mahalaya Paksha begins on September 30th and ends on October 15th, IST. This two week’s period is the most important one to appreciate your departed ancestors!

Appreciate Your Departed Ancestors on Mahalaya Paksha 2012

The impact ancestors have on your life is profound. Not even Gods can do for you what the ancestors can do. In fact, Gods 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

1. Group Tarpanam for ALL 15 Moons of Mahalaya
2. 1st and Last Moon Mahalaya Tarpanam
3. 15th Moon (last day, New Moon) of Mahalaya Tarpanam
4. Food & Clothing Donation to People in need on the New Moon Day

Why is Mahalaya Important?

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

Kala Sarpa Yoga & the Rahu-Ketu Effect

Right now, all the planets are between Rahu & Ketu, this creates a yoga called Kala Sarpa and a Kala Sarpa Yoga enhances Ancestor Worship. This means, Mahalaya Tarpanam Rituals are extra strong this year. A special 2012 alignment, this one highlights the importance of ancestors, as it 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, 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 Send Food & Clothing to People in Need

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 of Mahalaya Paksha in 2012, is the most important two week period to appreciate your departed ancestors.

Help Me Perform Tarpanam on Mahalaya Paksha

The Annual 15 Moons of Mahalaya

The Maha Ancestral ritual spans from the 1st Moon till the New Moon (Amavasya) and each day is ruled by a specific phase of the Moon. Check out the benefits of doing Tarpanam on the specific moons in the chart below:

15 Moons and Their Benefits

Moon Phase or Tithi(IST Timings)

Benefits of Specific Moon Phase Tarpanams

1st Moon
(30th Sep, 08:50 - 1st Oct, 10:03)

Gives Wealth

2nd Moon
(1st Oct, 10:04 - 2nd Oct, 11:48)

Grants the Continuation of Lineage

3rd Moon
(2nd Oct, 11:49 - 3rd Oct 13:59)

Gives Business Prosperity

4th Moon
(3rd Oct, 14:00 - 4th Oct, 16:30)

Gives Ability to Master Enemies

5th Moon
(4th Oct, 16:31 - 5th Oct, 19:11)

Grants All- over Prosperity

6th Moon
(5th Oct, 19:12 - 6th Oct, 21:47)

Grants a Solid Reputation

7th Moon
(6th Oct, 21:47 - 8th Oct, 00:05)

Secures Inner Strength and Spirituality

8th Moon
(8th Oct, 00:06 - 9th Oct 01:51)

Blesses with Intelligence

9th Moon
(9th Oct 01:52 - 10th Oct 02:54)

Open Up to Receive Support from Women

10th Moon
(10th Oct 02:55 - 11th Oct 03:07)

Grants Success in Your Profession

11th Moon
(11th Oct 03:08 - 12th Oct 02:34)

Grants Children Prosperity and Intelligence

12th Moon
(12th Oct 02:35 - 13th Oct, 01:11)

For Continuation of Lineage and Success from Education

13th Moon
(13th Oct, 01:12 - 13th Oct, 23:08)
and 14th Moon
(13th Oct, 23:09 - 14th Oct, 20:32)

Blesses with many Vehicles, Peace and Longevity

New Moon(15th Moon)
(14th Oct, 20:33 - 15th Oct 17:32)

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.


The 7th Moon spans for 26 hrs and 40 mins. (Starts Oct 6th, 21: 47 and Ends on Oct 8th 00:05), ruling the whole of October 7th, IST.

Priests specialized for ancestral rituals, ensure that the ancestral souls are appeased by the Tarpanam, which will lift your curses and will shower blessings on you. Access Your Ancestors' Positive Energy Blessings on New Moon Day.

Priests specialized for ancestral rituals, ensure that the ancestral souls are appeased by the Tarpanam, which will lift your curses and will shower blessings on you. Access Your Ancestors' Positive Energy Blessings on New Moon Day.

Help Me Lift My Curses & Appease My Departed Ancestors!