Mahalaya 2020 Date, Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2020 Date
Amavasya Shraddha is also called by the name Amavas Shraddha. Mahalaya Amavasya begins the Navratri festival in West Bengal. It is believed that Goddess Durga came on the Earth on this very day.
Pitru Paksha Shraddhas must be done on the tithi as told by a Brahmin or on the last day i.e Amavasya day. The auspicious time to perform Shraadh is either Kutup Muhurat and Rohina muhurat. till Aparahna Kala gets over. Tarpan is performed at the end of the Shraddha.
What is Sarva Pitru Amavasya?
The term ‘Sarva Pitru’ means ‘all forefathers or ancestors’ and the tithi of Sarva Pitru Amavasya is dedicated to all ancestors whose death tithi may have been forgotten or unknown. Sarva Pitru Amavasya is observed in Bhadrapada month as per South Indian Hindu calendar and during Ashwin month in North Indian Hindu calendar.
The Pitru Paksha period that extends over sixteen days from the Purnima to Amavasya after the month of Bhadrapada (August – September) dedicated for performing the shradh ceremonies of the died ancestors. The shradh of the ancestors died is being performed on the tithis they died irrespective of whether the death occurred in the Krishna Paksha or Shukla Paksha. The Pitru Paksha shradh special significance is highlighted in various shastras in Hinduism. If you do the Shraadh ceremony of the your deceased ancestors with utter devotion, love and respect for the died member, you not only get blessings of the ancestors but also get immense benefits as the ancestors visit their descendants on the earth during this period to receive the offerings given to them through shradh and tarpan. It is our number one duty for performing the Pitru Paksha shradh of the deceased members of the family and it must be performed.
What is to be done on Sarva Pitru Amavasya?
- Brahmins are invited in the household and offered food as well as donations.
- Shraddh ceremony is performed by the senior most male member of the family.
- People offer prayers to their ancestors with flowers, diya, and dhoop on Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
Sarva Pitru Amavasya Importance
- The Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shraadh is observed to attain prosperity, welfare, and blessings.
- It is believed that if all the shraddha rituals are not performed, ancestors return unhappily from their descendants place.
- Lord Yama showers blessings on the person performing Shraadh as well as his family members and they all are saved from any kind of evils or obstacles.
- Observing and performing shraddha rituals of the deceased family member, Pitru Dosha can also be removed.
- The Shraadh rituals help the souls of forefathers attain moksha or salvation and that is why the name Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya.
Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2020 Date or Mahalaya 2020 DateThe Sarva Pitru Amavasya 2020 date is Thursday, 17th September. Sarva Pitru Amavasya is the last day of the Pitru Paksha.
Sarva Pitru Amavasya Facts
- On Sarva Pitru Amavasya tithi or the day of Mahalaya, shradh is performed for all ancestors in the family tree irrespective of when and how they died.
- If a person is not able to perform the shradh on a particular tithi of the deceased member or just forgot to do so during the Pitru Paksha period, he must do it on Sarva Pitru Amavasya.
- Amavasya tithi's of a year are usually dedicated to Pitr's or your dead ancestors. And the Ashwina Krishna Paksha Amvasya or Sarva Pitri Amavasya is the most dedicated amavasya for the deceased members of a family, thus there are immense benefits for the ancestors souls and that is why it is also known as Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya.
- If the date of death of a person is unknown, the shradh ceremony of those people can be performed on Sarva Pitru Amavasya or Mahalaya date.
- This is the day when shradh ceremonies of all ancestors in their tree linage is performed together.
- As Pitru Paksha period starts on the Pratipada day, the next day of Bahdrapad Purnima, thus shradh ceremonies of people died on Purnima tithi is done on the Sarva Pitru Amavasya day only.