Sarva Pitru Amavasya is the last day of Pitru paksha and also the most important day of this period. It is also known as Sarvapitri Amavasya, Sarva Pitru Moksha Amavasya, Pitru Amavasya, Peddala Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasya or Mahalaya. This year, Sarva Pitru Amavasya falls on Saturday, 17 September.
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Sarva Pitru Amavasya is one of the most important Amavasya among Hindus. As it is the last day of Pitru paksha and beginning of Shardiya Navratri; which signifies the famous Durga Puja dedicated to nine forms of Maa Durga - NavDurga. In West Bengal; this day is famous as Mahalaya or Mahalaya Amavasya. As this falls on the new moon day of Ashwina month; it is also called as Ashwina Amavasya.
Sarva Pitru Amavasya is important for shraddha or tarpan of those who died on ‘Purnima’, ‘Amavasya’ or ‘Chaturdashi’, since the Shraddh Paksha begins a day after Purnima.
The Amavasya of Pitru Paksha is the most important date to pay homage to Ancestors. It is not always possible to do Shraddha on the other dates of the Pitru paksha throughout the year; therefore, it is suggested for everyone to embark on this date, as this is meant to be the last day of Pitru Paksha.
Shraddha should be done at the date on which your ancestor has died. If you do not know the date or you cannot do Shradh on that date for some reason then you can perform Shraddha on this day. That's why Amavasya Shraddha is also known as Sarvapitra Moksha Amavasya.
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They pour love, care, and prosperity over their grandsons, and sons. They shower their utter boons and bless them with good health, fitness, and long-lives. All the negative energy emanates and Vastu dosha disappears from the house. The past sins or wrong deeds of the ancestors are reflected in the horoscope of their children under Pitru Dosha. Because of this, natives suffer in their lifetime. By observing the shraddha rituals, this dosha can also be removed. The rituals are said to relieve the souls of forefathers and help them attain salvation.
The rituals of Sarva Pitru Amavasya are observed to attain prosperity, welfare, and blessings. Observers are bestowed with divine blessings of Lord Yama and family members are also saved from any kind of evils or obstacles.
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