Mahalaya Amavasya or Amavasi or Pitru Paksha is expressing our Gratitude to Past Generations. This 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, our gratitude to them, who have contributed to our life for all the things that we have today for granted. Mainly Hindus performs this offering in Several Parts of India.
This year Mahalaya Amavasya or Amavasi falls on September 30, 2016. 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).
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.
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.
Pitru Paksha: Expressing our Gratitude to Past Generations
taken all the things that we have today for granted. But without the generations that came before us, firstly we would not exist here; secondly, without their contribution we would not have all the things that we have today. So instead of taking them for granted, today is a day when we express our gratitude to all of them. Imagine When only animals existed on this planet, it was all about survival, eating, sleeping, reproduction and dying one day. Then slowly human beings started structuring lives so that we could live a little better than animals. Shelters came up, buildings came up, clothes came – so many things happened on this planet because of human beings. From simple things like making fire to discovering the wheel and innumerable other things, this legacy has been passed on from generation to generation. We are who we are today only because of all the things that have been given to us. Let us say, human beings had never worn clothes, and suppose you were the first person who had to stitch a shirt, it would not be easy; it would take many years to figure out how to stitch a shirt.