Pinda daan during Mauni Amavasya or Magh Amavasya (as North Indian calendars) and Pushya Amavasya (as per Hindu calendars except North Indian calendars) is considered auspicious for rituals for Pitru Tharpan and rites of Shraddha. Mauni Amavasya is also known as ‘Mini Pitru Paksha.
In 2018, Mauni Amavasya date is January 16.
Thousands of people gather in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu to perform Pinda daanam and Amavasy Tharpanam on this day.
A week-long ritual of Pinda daan is performed in Gaya. Prayag Sangam at Allahabad is another holy place to perform Pinda daan during Magh Mela observed during the Magh Month. The major Pitru Shraddha is observed during Pitru Shraddh Paksha, the fortnight falls just before Navratri in Ashwin month.