Mahalaya Paksham is a fortnight, that is most important for pitru worship. The worship of ancestral begins. Since it is important for pitru worship, it is called pitru paksham. It is the waning lunar phase (Krishna Paksham).
In this KHARA year Mahalaya Amavasya 2011 falls on september 27th and it is the last day of the Mahalaya Paksha, performing ‘Tarpanam’ for our departed lineage is an act of great compassion. This is the most powerful way of honoring departed souls by making special offering to thank them for their contribution to our life, and pray for peace to their souls. In turn, we will recieve their blessings, which are all important for peaceful and successful life.
Each year on these 15moon, the ancestor spirits come and stay on the earth plane. Even God can’t do what, these ancestors can do for you, infact, Gods ask you to go through your ancestors for blessings. This two week period is the most important period to appreciate our departed ancestors.
If the ancestors bless us, God follows suit.
If the ancestors curse us, even God will let us down.
On this day people donate food, clothes. This is the small thing for us, our ancestors will happy for this. Most of the people take their holy bath at holy rivers & at seashore & they perform ‘tarpanam’ to their ancestors.