This year Mahalaya Amavasya  falls on on the Monday, 8th of Oct (10/08/2018). The new moon day known as the Mahalaya Amavasya is the beginning of Dussehra. The dark fortnight of Aswayuja (September-October) is known as the Mahalaya Paksha (mahalaya amavasya or mahalya amavasai).

It is also marked as special day dedicated to making an offering to express our gratitude to all the previous generations of people who have contributed to our life in Several Parts of India.

Each day in the Mahalaya Paksham is ruled by a particular Tithi or Moon Phase and the benefits of offering Tarpanam on each day are different.

Mahalaya Amavasai is the last day of the Mahalaya Paksham, which is considered as the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites and on this day people donate food, clothes etc.

 Mahalaya is holy invocation or invitation to the mother Goddess to descend on earth. This is done through the chanting of mantras. In the dark night of amavasya (new moon), people pray to Goddess Durga to arrive in the earth to ward off all evils.

The process of drawing the image of eyes on the day of Mahalaya which is the last moon before puja. Mahalaya brings the news that durgapuja is coming very soon.

Mahalaya precedes Durga Puja when all the members of the family remember their ancestors. Mahalaya marks end of Piti Paksha beginning of Devi Paksha. Various shlokas are chanted early in the morning in almost every home as well as in the puja mandaps.

Following it Devi Durga is worshipped in nine different names; they are Maa Shailaputri, Maa Brahmacharini, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmanda, Maa Skandamaata, Maa Katyayani, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Mahagauri and Maa Siddhidatri. Source

What is the meaning of MAHALAYA?

Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It’s a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth – “Jago Tumi Jago”.

 there are 12 Amavasya. Mahalaya Amavasi in 2016 is on September 30.

Mahalaya Amavasya in Telugu

Bathukamma(Mahalaya Amavasya in Telugu) is floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana. Every year this festival is celebrated as per Telugu version of Hindu calendar in the Bhadrapada Amavasya, also known as Mahalaya Amavasya, usually in September–October of Gregorian calendar.

Bathukamma is celebrated for nine days during Durga Navratri. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and the 9-day festivities will culminate on “Saddula Bathukamma” or “Pedda Bathukamma” festival on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly known as Durgashtami which is two days before Dussehra.

 

Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Paksha, Amavasi – What is its significance?

Mahalaya Amavasya is a special day dedicated to making an offering to express our gratitude to all the previous generations of people who have contributed to our life.

Scientists say that human beings and their ancestors have existed on this planet for 20 million years. That is a lot of time. All these hundreds of thousands of generations that lived on this planet before us have given us something or the other.

The language that we speak, the way we sit, our clothes, our buildings – almost everything that we know today has come to us from generations before us.

 

Mahalaya 2018 Time

 

Mahalaya Torpon on October 8, Monday after 9.24 A.M

Aamabashya (New moon) 8th October (Monday) 3:55 A.M

Sun Rise- 5:28 A.M
Sun Set- 5:29 P.M

Mahalaya Tarpon Exact Timing 08 October 2018

Amavasya Tithi Begins = 02:22 AM on 08 October 2018
Amavasya Tithi Ends = 01:29 AM on 08 October 2018

Kutup Muhurat = 12:30 PM to 01:19 PM
Duration = 0 Hours 48 Mins
Rohina Muhurat = 01:19 PM to 02:07 PM
Duration = 0 Hours 48 Mins
Aparahna Kaal = 02:07 PM to 04:33 PM
Duration = 2 Hours 25 Mins

Amabashya 02:22 AM

Krishnapakhya till 01:29 AM

 

Durga Puja Mahalaya 2018 Date And Time as follows:

 

24 September 2018 (Monday) Purnima Shraddha
25 September 2018 (Tuesday) Pratipada Shraddha
26 September (Wednesday) Dwitiya Shraddha
27 September (Thursday) Tritiya Shraddha
28 September (Friday) Chaturthi Shraddha
29 September (Saturday) Maha Bharani, Panchami Shraddha
30 September (Sunday) Shashthi Shraddha
1 October (Monday) Saptami Shraddha, Ashtami Shraddha
2 October (Tuesday) Navami Shraddha
3 October (Wednesday) Dashami Shraddha
4 October (Thursday) Ekadashi Shraddha
5 October (Friday) Dwadashi Shraddha
6 October  (Saturday) Magha Shraddha, Trayodashi Shraddha
7 October (Sunday)  Shraddha
8 October (Monday) Sarva Pitru Amavasya

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