Mahalaya Amavasya 2013
Mahalaya Amavasya falls on 4th October 2013, It is very favorable for praying for the liberation of ancestors. This day can be used for relieving the sins done against women, injustice and cheating, acts done crossing the taboo boundaries etc. Visualizing and offering prayers to ancestors during Mahalaya period will bring relief in all walks of life, especially health and wealth. This will bring lots of blessings for the lineage.
What is Mahalaya Amavasya ??
Amavasya Tithi Shraddha is done for those deceased family members who died on Amavasya Tithi, Purnima Tithi and Chaturdashi Tithi.
Ancestors will stay with you during the two week period known as Mahalaya Paksha.
This important period is looked even by enlightened yogis and rishis to receive the blessings from their own ancestors. Ancestors have a great impact in our life and they govern our destiny.
The Legend,Our Ancestors live in ancestral world (Pitra loka) and they can help in solving problems related to money, career, health, relationship,etc., quite easily. Communicate and reconnect with them during this Mahalaya paksha. Significance of Donating Food and Clothing..
Why to Appease Departed Ancestors ?
The easiest way to access God’s grace is to feed a person who is starving for food and to donate clothes. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities. When you donate food and clothing to those in need, it elevates your soul.
There is an interesting legend highlighting the importance of donating food. Charity in the form of food is important during this observance. Life depends upon food. You cannot preach religion to empty stomachs. This human body is the most important vehicle for realising God.
How precious must food be which keeps the body fit for Yoga! The gift of food is the greatest gift. Therefore, give food in plenty, not only during the Mahalaya fortnight but all through the year
Story Behind Mahalaya Amavasya…
The dark fortnight of Aswayuja (September-October) is known as the Mahalaya Paksha or the fortnight specially sacred for offering oblations to the departed ancestors.
The last day of this period, the new moon day, is considered as the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites.
The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and the great charity he had done here was returned to him hundredfold.
But, it was all gold and silver; there was no food, as he had not done any food-charity! He prayed to the god of death. So, he was sent back to earth for fourteen days, to make up for this deficiency.
For fourteen days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the higher regions, he had food in plenty. It is these fourteen days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha.
Due to the grace of the god of death, it has been ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.
Karna, the renowned hero of the Epic Mahabharata, 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 there, 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 the earth for a fortnight, to make up for this deficiency.
Karna fed the Brahmins and poor and offered oblations of water during the fortnight. On his return to Heaven, he had plenty of food. 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.
Reason For Performing Mahalaya Amavasya…
To Live a Successful and Peaceful Life, we should get blessings from our ancestors and generally there are 2 primary causes for problems:
1) Problems caused by Navagrahas (9 Planets)
2) Problems/Obstacles caused by our Ancestral Spirits
Usually, ancestors who have departed with unfulfilled desires are problematic and if we fix the above mentioned problems, we can lead a peaceful life.
Performing Tarpanam is the most effective means for helping departed loved ones and ancestors and it can also change our destiny.
Mahalaya Paksha 2013: 15 Moons and Their Benefits :
Moon Phase or Tithi Benefits of Specific Moon Phase Tarpanams
1st Moon Gives Wealth
2nd Moon Grants the Continuation of Lineage
3rd Moon Gives Business Prosperity
4th Moon Gives Ability to Master Enemies
5th Moon Grants All over Prosperity
6th Moon Grants a Solid Reputation
7th Moon Secures Inner Strength and Spirituality
8th Moon Blesses with Intelligence
9th Moon Open Up to Receive Support from Women
10th Moon Grants Success in Your Profession
11th Moon Grants Children Prosperity and Intelligence
12th Moon For Continuation of Lineage and Success from Education
13th Moon and 14th Moon Blesses with many Vehicles, Peace and Longevity
Mahalaya Amavasya – New Moon 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.