Today, 6 August 2013 is Aadi Amavasai. It is the No Moon day in Aadi Month as per Tamil calendar. Pithru Tharpanam is performed on Aadi Amavasai in Tamil Nadu.
Hindus believe that the offerings they make during this period of 15 days starting from this new moon day would reach their forefathers and appease them quickly. So the Hindus are expected to perform Tharpanam on this day, which is a recitation of certain mantras along with some rituals that would appease the dead forefathers and protect the offsprings of the performer of the Tharpanam.
Taking a holy dip in a river is considered a pre-requisite for performing a Tharpanam, as it is believed that all one’s physical as well as mental impurities are washed away by doing so. This day is celebrated with more religious fervour and Bhakti in different Saivaita and Vaishnavite Temples.
Auspicious Timings, Times to Avoid, Yoga, Karana on Aadi Amavasai 2013
Sun Rise 05:59, Sun Sets 19:05, Moon Rise 05:21, Moon Sets 18:33
Tithi Amavaasya Ends at 27:15
Nakshatram Pushyami (Pushya) Ends at 19:37
Chatushpada Karana Ends at 14:23, Naga (Nagava) Karana Ends at 27:15
Siddhi Yogam Ends at 13:06
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Karkatakam/Karka (Cancer)
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Karka Rashi (Cancer)
Amrita Kalam 08:08 – 09:54 Duration: 01:45
Abhijit Muhurat: 12:08:00 – 12:56:00
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 20:29 – 22:14 Duration: 01:45
Rahu Kalam: 15:48:30 – 17:26:45
Gulika Kalam: 12:32:00 – 14:10:15
Yama Gandam: 09:15:30 – 10:53:45
Durmuhurthams: 08:36:12 – 09:28:36
Durmuhurthams: 23:27:00 – 00:19:24