Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya is a Hindu tradition dedicated to the ‘pitrs’ or ancestors. It is also referred as ‘Mahalaya Amavasya’ and is observed on the ‘amavasya’ (new moon day) of the ‘Bhadrapada’ month, as per the Amavasyant calendar that is followed in South India. In North India where the Purnimant calendar is used, it falls during the month of ‘Ashwin’ and during the months of September-October in the Gregorian calendar. Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya is the last day of the 15-day long Shraddha rituals. This day is considered to be most auspicious as the shraddha ritual of any deceased person can be performed on this day, irrespective of the tithi.

Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya is performed to invoke the blessings of the ancestors and seek their blessings for a peaceful and prosperous life. The word ‘sarvapitra’ in Hindi means ‘all forefathers’ and ‘amavasya’ refers to ‘new moon day’. Therefore Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya is observed on the last of the Pitru Paksha, the ‘fortnight of the ancestors’ and is also the most significant day of this period. . In Bengal it is observed as ‘Mahalaya’ that marks the beginning of the grand Durga puja celebrations. This day also symbolizes the descent of Goddess Durga on Earth. This day is celebrated with the objective to pay honour and respect to the ancestors with immense devotion and fervour

Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya 2017 was on September 19 Tuesday

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Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya

Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya

Rituals during Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya:

  • On this day, the tarpan and shraddha rituals are observed for those deceased family members who died on the ‘chaturdashi’, ‘amavasya’ or ‘purnima’ tithi.
  • On the day of Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya, the observer gets up early and finishes the morning rituals. They wear yellow clothes on this day and invite a Brahmin to their house. The shraddha ceremony is observed by the eldest male in the family.
  • As the Brahmin comes, the observer of the ritual washes their feet and provides them a clean place to sit. In Hindu scriptures there is specific direction for seating. Deva Paksha Brahmin are seated facing east, while Pitra Paksha and Matru Paksha Brahmin are seated facing the northern direction.
  • On the Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya the ancestors or ‘pitrs’ are worshipped with dhoop, diya and flowers. A blend of water and barley is also offered to please the forefathers. A sacred thread is worn on the right shoulder and a splint is offered as donation. Special food is prepared for this event and offered to the Brahmins after finishing the puja rituals. Sesame seeds are also sprinkled at the floor where the Brahmins are seated.
  • This day is celebrated in honour of the ancestors and the members of the family spend the day in their remembrance. Mantras are recited to invoke the blessings of ancestors. On this day, people thank their ancestors who have contributed for their life. They also ask apology from their forefathers and pray that their souls rest in peace.

Important Timings On Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya

Sunrise19-Sep-2017 06:18 AM
Sunset19-Sep-2017 18:22 PM
Amavasya Tithi Begins 19-Sep-2017 11:52 AM
Amavasya Tithi Ends20-Sep-2017 10:59 AM
Aparahna Kaal 13:32 PM - 15:57 PM
Kutup Muhurat 11:56 AM - 12:44 PM
Rohina Muhurat 12:44 PM - 13:32 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Sarvapitra Moksha Ancestors:

The rituals of Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya are performed to receive blessings, welfare and prosperity. The observer of this ritual also receives blessings from Lord Yama and their families are protected from all the evils. It is revealed in the Hindu scriptures that if a person fails to observe the shraddha of their ancestors during the first 15 days or the death date is not known, then the ‘tarpan’ on their behalf can be observed on the day of ‘Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya’. On the day of Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya it is believed that the forefathers and ancestors visit their home and if their shraddha ritual is not observed on their behalf, they return unhappily.

In the Astrological science it is mentioned that if the ancestors commit any mistakes, it is reflected in their children’s horoscope as ‘Pitra Dosh’. As an outcome they suffer from bad experiences in their life. The souls of these ancestors do not attain salvation and so wander in search of peace. However by performing the shraddha rituals on the Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya, this ‘Pitru Dosh’ can be removed and also provide salvation to the deceased soul. The ancestors in turn bless their family and grant them all the happiness in life. The shraddha rituals performed on the Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya day is considered as sacred and peaceful as those observed in Gaya, the holy city known for performing such rites.

Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Tuesday, 23rd of September
2015Monday, 12th of October
2016Friday, 30th of September
2017Tuesday, 19th of September
2018Monday, 8th of October
2019Saturday, 28th of September
2020Thursday, 17th of September
2021Wednesday, 6th of October
2022Sunday, 25th of September
2023Saturday, 14th of October
2024Wednesday, 2nd of October
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