Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Amavasya is the No Moon day in Mahalaya paksha shraddh. In 2015, Mahalaya Amavasya date is October 12.
Pitru Amavasya falls during Ashwin month as per North Indian calendar followed in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttaranchal. Mahalaya Amavas is the last day of Pitru Paksha, the fortnight dedicated to offer Shraddh rituals to dead ancestors.
In 2015, Mahalaya Amavasya is Bhadrapad Amavasya as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada & Telugu calendars. It is Ashwin Maas Amavasya as per North Indian Hindi calendar.
According to Tamil calendar, this Mahalaya Amavasya is Purattasi Amavasai. In Malayalam calendar, it is Kanni Masam Karthu Vavu. And in Bengali calendar, its Ashwin Amabashya.
On Mahalaya Amavasya, Brahmin santarpana is performed on behalf of dead ancestors to provide them peace in their world. Hindus believe that Shraddh ritual performed on this Amavasya makes their dead ancestors free from all the sins they have committed when they were alive and provides them salvation.
Mahalaya Amavasya in other countries
Mahalaya Amavasya in USA – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Canada – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in UK – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in UAE – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Singapore – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Malaysia – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Mauritius – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Australia – 12 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in New Zealand – 13 October 2015
Mahalaya Amavasya in Fiji – 13 October 2015
Panchang, Mahalaya Amavasya – 12 October 2015
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:25 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:00
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)00:00 Chandrastama (Moonset)17:48
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Amavasya – 29:35*
Nakshatra Hasta – 25:41*
Yoga Indra – 22:23
Karana Nagava – 29:35*
Purnimanta Month Ashwin
Amavasyanta Month Bhaadrupada
Shaka Samvatsara: Manmadha
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Kilaka
Rahu Kalam: 07:52 – 09:19
Gulika Kalam: 13:40 – 15:07
Yama Gandam: 10:46 – 12:13
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Kanya
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Kanya
Amrita Kalam 18:54 – 20:43
Abhijit: 11:50 – 12:36
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 08:03 – 09:52
Durmuhurthams: 14:55 – 15:41
Mahalaya Amavasya in Previous Years
In 2014, Mahalaya Amavasya date was September 23 & September 24. September 23, 2014 – Mahalaya Amavasya Shraddh; September 24, 2014 – Amavasya ends.
In 2013, Mahalaya Amavasya date was October 4.
In 2012, Mahalaya Amavasya date is October 15, 2012.
In 2012, Mahalaya Amavasya is Nija Bhadrapad Amavasya as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada & Telugu calendars. As there is Adhik Bhadrapad maas in 2012-2013 year, Nija Bhadrapad Maas Amavasya is considered as Mahalaya Amavasya.