Mahalaya Amavasya 2018, Mahalaya Chandi Path
Mahalaya Amavasya 2018
Date 8th October 2018 (Monday)
Mahalaya Amavasya 2018 Time
Kutup (कुतुप) Muhurat = 11:45 to 12:31Duration = 0 Hours 46 MinsRohina (रौहिण) Muhurat = 12:31 to 13:17Duration = 0 Hours 46 MinsAparahna (अपराह्न) Kaal = 13:17 to 15:36Duration = 2 Hours 18 Mins
The Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashvin is also observed as Pitripaksha.
Which literally means ‘the fortnight of the forefathers’ a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.
Mahalaya marks the end of this Pitripaksha.
पितृ पक्ष also spelled as Pitri paksha, Pitr Paksha (literally “fortnight of the ancestors”) is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestor (Pitrs), especially through food offerings. The period is also known as Pitru Pakshya, Pitri Pokkho, Sola Shraddha (“sixteen shraddhas”), Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.
Pitru Paksha is considered by Hindus to be inauspicious, given the death rite performed during the ceremony, known as Shraddha or Tarpan. In southern and western India, it falls in the 2nd paksha (fortnight) Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada (September) and follows the fortnight immediately after the Ganesh festival.
Mahalya Other Names
It begins on the Pratipada (first day of the fortnight) ending with the no moon day known as Sarvapitri Amavasya, Pitru Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya or simply Mahalaya.
Most years, the autumnal equinox falls within this period, i.e. the Sun transitions from the northern to the southern hemisphere during this period. In North India and Nepal, and cultures following the purnimanta calendar or the solar calendar, this period may correspond to the waning fortnight of the lunisolar month Ashvin, instead of Bhadrapada.
vers perform a ritual called Tarpan — an offering made to the ancestors.