Mahalaya Amavasya

Mahalaya Amavasya, also known as Sarv Pitru Amavasya, will be observed on October 6.

On this day, Shradh and Tarpan rituals are performed for those who breathed their last on Purnima Tithi, Chaturdashi Tithi and Amavasya Tithi.

Mahalaya Amavasya marks the culmination of the Pitru Paksha period and the beginning of the Devi Paksha. The day also marks the onset of the Sharadiya Navratri season that is dedicated to Maa Durga.


  • keep a fast for nine days
  • worship the nine forms of Maa Durga.
  • On this day, the Goddess descends on the earth from her heavenly abode or Kailash on either a palanquin, boat, elephant or horse. Celebrations for Durga Puja begin seven days after Mahalaya.

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