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 Nandana year Mahalaya Amavasya 2012 falls on October 15th 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. While you or your family members are always undergoing one or the other type of problems, astrology has a perfect explanation to their problem. It is due to the fact that the soul of our Ancestors & Departed forefathers does not get peace, on these days all hindus offer their homage to the ancestors upto three generations above. Your departed ancestors can help slove your problems as well as create them.
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. Tharpana should be given with water and black sesame seeds (Nuvvulu). Take black thil seeds into the palm, pour water from the kalasa (chembu) with the help of uddharani and drop water along with thil seeds into the tharpana plate by chanting the tharpana manthra. After completion of the tarpana, pour the thil water on the plant.