Mahalaya Amavasya 2018, Mahalaya Chandi Path

Mahalaya Amavasya 2018

Date  8th October 2018 (Monday)

Mahalaya Amavasya 2018 Time

Kutup (कुतुप) Muhurat = 11:45 to 12:31
Duration = 0 Hours 46 Mins
Rohina (रौहिण) Muhurat = 12:31 to 13:17
Duration = 0 Hours 46 Mins
Aparahna (अपराह्न) Kaal = 13:17 to 15:36
Duration = 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.

Pitru Paksha

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 PakshyaPitri PokkhoSola Shraddha (“sixteen shraddhas”), KanagatJitiyaMahalaya Paksha and Apara paksha.

पितृ पक्ष 2018, क्यों कहते हैं कनागत, पितृ पक्ष का महत्व, Pitru Paksha 2018 dates

Pitru Paksha 2018 dates

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 AmavasyaPitru AmavasyaPeddala AmavasyaMahalaya 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.